CD Hot Club Cool Yule (CD 6244157),
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Hot Club Cool Yule

  • 1. Cool Yule
    2. Don Rodolfo
    3. Carol of the Bells
    4. I'll Be Home for Christmas
    5. Baby, It's Cold Outside
    6. Djingle Bells
    7. Sugar Rum Cherry
    8. I Wonder as I Wander
    9. March of the Toys
    10. Christmas Song, The
    11. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
    12. Auld Lang Syne
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): AJD72242

  • Credits
    ProducerAlan Bise
    EngineerBruce Egre

    Personnel: Jeff Magidson (vocals); Deborah Tien Price (violin); Eric Gaenslen (cello); Clint Baker (trumpet).
    Audio Mixer: Alan Bise.
    Recording information: Bay Studios, Oakalnd, CA.
    Photographer: Stuart Brinin.
    The Hot Club os San Francisco continues in the Gypsy jazz tradition of the Quintet of the Hot Club of France (which featured the legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt and violin master Stphane Grappelli), though they've added a few modern touches and a number of guests for this Christmas CD. Steve Allen's "Cool Yule," a hitfor Louis Armstrong, is a surprising choice for an opener, as it has fallen into obscurity. "Don Rudolpho" is a wild, chugging reworking of "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" in a traditional Gypsy jazz setting. Guest vocalist Isabelle Fontaine duets with rhythm guitarist/bassist Jeff Magidson in a romantic, swinging take of "Baby, It's Cold Outside," while the snappy take of "Sugar Rum Cherry" (Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn's adaptation of Tchaikovsky's "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies") features Evan Price on electric octave violin (in salute to Stuff Smith), complemented by Clint Baker's sassy muted trumpet. The quintet is expanded to an octet for a serious take of "I Wander as I Wander," while the subdued, relaxing setting of "The Christmas Song" consists of just two guitars and bass. The madcap finale is "Auld Lang Syne," followed by a hidden track, a brief rendition of "We Wish You a Merry Christmas." It's refreshing to hear new twists on holiday favorites. ~ Ken Dryden

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