Wednesday, November 30, 2011

I'm Gettin' Nutty For Christmas

Nutty Jingle Bells, that is!

Tonight's share is a tremendous collection of music by the great jazz trumpeter Al Hirt.  "The Sound of Christmas" is a 1965 release, and, according to my references, Al Hirt's only full Christmas music album.

Al's recording of "The Toy Trumpet" with the Boston Pops Orchestra is a classic recording, and has been included on many compilations over the years.  It's one of my favorite recordings, and introduced me to Hirt's work.  This record leads of with a whoopin, janglin', shoutin' in the streets rendition of Jingle Bells titled "Nutty Jingle Bells".  It starts off good, gets better with Al's raspy vocals, and then, man oh man, he blows you away with his trumpet intro.  Holy smokes, this is good stuff.

I love jazz music, and I (obviously) love Christmas music.  This is a perfect combination, with strong songs from beginning to end.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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  1. fun! love al hirt. thanks, bingle.

  2. This is a great one -- thanks for this and all of your other work!

  3. Thank you for this fine Al Hirt Christmas record. I like you very much.