A Brasilian Christmas is a rare yuletide gem if you can find it
This 1996 Astor Place Recordings/Chalon Road holiday release out of New York City features plenty of jingle bells and lots of drums with cool percussion that we have come to expect from Brazilian jazz:
Dori Caymmi leads off with a non-lyrical version of the Nat King Cole classic, “The Christmas Song”. Joyce lends her voice on a number of carols, from “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” on Track 4 to “O Velhinho” (or translated to “The Old Man”).
Perhaps Santa Claus himself was she singing about on Track 8, hmmmmm? Who knows? But she does do the timely hit on Track 9 with a string version of “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”. Another hit that is not normally on Brazilian jazz Christmas albums is Track 7 with the samba version of Tchaikovsky’s “Dance Natahl” (“Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy”). Fittingly, I close with that song because the key arrangements were done so beautifully by the recently deceased Oscar Castro-Neves (yes, I will profile his illustrious career in a special blog come May, when he would have been celebrating his birthday).
Copies of this holiday album are available, but just like the album that I profiled earlier in 2013:
this album is very rare to find online.
Next week, I definitely plan on reviewing a CD which is not too difficult this time of year. I plan on reviewing the 1994 Mo Jazz Christmas Album. It is very easy to recognize, with a neatly decorated wreath planted right on the middle of the cover.
And if there is time left in-between wrapping the final presents, who knows–maybe I will try to dig up one final little surprise for my very special blog fans, whether you were a first timer when my blog started up in November 2012 or you are new to the genre itself.
Please try your best to stay warm, as the one classic jazz song plays over in my head often this time of year,
“Baby, It’s Cold Outside”: