Hell's Bells - That Special Time of Year

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Includes more holiday songs penned by women as the season is in full swing, with Christmas albums from B3 Kings, Martina DaSilva, Dan Chmielinski, Noel & Maria and new releases from Rez Abbasi and Isabelle Olivier, Carmen Souza, Iro Haarla, plus birthday shout outs to Cassandra Wilson (pictured), Sylvia Syms, Dave Brubeck, Cory Weeds, Kerry Marsh, Amina Figarova, Melissa Aldana and Tom Waits, among others.


  • Carla Bley "Hell's Bells" from Carla's Christmas Carols (Watt/ECM ) 00:00
  • Jim Caruso, Klea Blackhurst, Billy Stritch "Christmas Is Starting Now/It's the Holiday Season" from Christmas at Birdland (Club44 Records) 05:13
  • Kurt Elling "We Three Kings/Star of Wonder" from The Beautiful Day (Okeh Records) 10:21
  • Host speaks 16:49
  • Pat Moran "In Your Own Sweet Way" from This Is Pat Moran (Audio Fidelity) 20:14
  • New York Voices "Round, Round, Round (Blue Rondo a La Turk)" from Reminiscing in Tempo (Origin) 25:14
  • New York Voices "God's Love Made Visible" from Bending Towards the Light-A Jazz Nativity (Self released) 32:23
  • Host speaks 36:38
  • Kristin Korb "Angels We Have Heard on High" from That Time of Year (Storyville Records) 39:59
  • Duchess "A Christmas Compromise" from Harmony for the Holidays (Anzic) 45:40
  • Sylvia Syms "Can't We Be Friends" from Songs of Love_Sylvia Syms Sings (Jasmine Music) 49:12
  • Sylvia Syms "On Second Thought" from Lovingly (Rhino Atlantic) 52:13
  • Host speaks 54:59
  • Melissa Aldana "Acceptance" from Visions (Motema) 56:28
  • Amina Figarova "Fall Eclipse" from Road to the Sun (AmFi Records) 1:01:23
  • Andy Bey "Willow Weep For Me" from Ballads, Blues & Bey (Evidence) 1:07:40
  • Esperanza Spalding "You Have to Dance (feet)" from 12 Little Spells (Concord) 1:14:24
  • Host speaks 1:17:44
  • Carmen Sandim "Waiting For Art" from Play-Doh (Pathways to Jazz) 1:20:22
  • Laurie Antonioli "River" from Songs of Shadow, Songs of Light (Origin) 1:27:02
  • Ulysses Owens, Jr. "Both Sides Now" from Songs of Freedom (Resilience Music) 1:32:03
  • Host speaks 1:37:57
  • T.K. Blue "Just Waiting (A Sister's Lament)" from The Rhythms Continue (JaJa Records) 1:40:23
  • Jazzmeia Horn "Green Eyes" from Love and Liberation (Concord) 1:45:03
  • Host speaks 1:50:17
  • Hyuna Park "Grandpa's Clock" from Her Morning Waltz (Internova) 1:53:02
  • Rez Abbasi and Isabelle Olivier "Timeline" from Oasis (Enja/Yellowbird) 1:59:48
  • Martina DaSilva, Dan Chmielinski "Diamonds and Pearls" from A Very Chimytina Christmas (Outside In Music) 2:03:17
  • B3 Kings "What Child Is This?" from Laughing All the Way (Cellar Live) 2:07:37
  • The Wishbone Project "In the Bleak Midwinter" from Winter Night (Self released) 2:11:02
  • Host speaks 2:17:02
  • Simone Baron and Arco Belo "Post Edit Delete" from The Space Between Disguises (Self released) 2:20:02
  • Cassandra Wilson "Good Morning Heartache" from Coming Forth By Day (Legacy Recordings) 2:25:15
  • Tom Waits "Take It With Me" from Mule Variations (ANTI-) 2:30:07
  • Host speaks 2:34:26
  • Roxy Coss "You're There" from Quintet (Outside In Music) 2:36:25
  • Carmen Lundy "Still" from Modern Ancestors (Afrasia Productions) 2:42:55
  • Host speaks 2:48:48
  • Myra Melford "City of Illusion" from The Other Side of Air (Firehouse 12) 2:51:02
  • Iro Haarla, Ulf Krokfors, Barry Altschul "Jesus Maria" from Around Again—The Music of Carla Bley (TUM Records) 2:59:46
  • Alison Wedding "Something Amazing" from On the Brink (Flood Music) 3:06:17
  • Carmen Souza "Song for My Father" from The Silver Messenger (Galileo Music) 3:10:27
  • Host speaks 3:16:33
  • Andrea Petrity "Some People Have It Made" from What If I... (Self released) 3:18:34
  • John Finbury feat. Thalma De Freitas "Filha" from Sorte (Green Flash Music) 3:23:36
  • Mary Stallings "Stolen Moments" from Songs Were Made to Sing (Smoke Sessions Records) 3:29:13
  • Host speaks 3:34:16
  • Linda Presgrave "That Special Time of Year" from A Jazz Christmas—That Special Time of Year (Metropolitan Records) 3:36:28
  • Noel & Maria "Do You Hear What I Hear?" from Merry Christmas, My Dear (The Tam Tam Group) 3:41:42
  • Tierney Sutton "Arrow" from ScreenPlay (BFM Jazz) 3:45:11
  • Host speaks 3:47:52
  • Julia Dollison and Kerry Marsh "Dança Illusoria" from Vertical Voices: the Music of Maria Schneider (ArtistShare) 3:50:45

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