It's Christmas Again

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So, we've got our usual group of holiday favorites. But wait! There's more. We've got a new Eight Track Christmas from guitarist Dave Stryker, a stupendous live Jazzy Christmas concert from trumpeter Paolo Fresu (and I mean truly stupendous! I've listened to the CD at least six times while putting this show together). And it's a Blue Note 50th anniversary of the Duke Pearson Merry Ole Soul Christmas sessions. Time to sit by the fireplace (real or virtual), nurse of cup of grog and try to get in the spirit of the season. Happy Holidays to all! Enjoy the show.

Thanks to our top listeners of the week in: Strasbourg (France), Chicago & Baton Rouge (US), Kiev (Ukraine) and Rome (Italy).


  • Nils Landgren / Johan Norberg "Oh No, It's Christmas Again" from Christmas With My Friends, VI (ACT) 00:00
  • Dave Stryker "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" from Eight Track Christmas (Strikezone) 02:31
  • Shirley Horn "The Secret Of Christmas" from promotional single (Verve) 06:27
  • John Coltrane "Dear Lord" from Transition (Impulse) 11:39
  • Stanton Moore "With You In Mind" from With You In Mind (Cool Green) 17:12
  • Bobby McFerrin "Peace" from Bobby McFerrin (Elektra Musician) 23:27
  • Dexter Gordon "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" from Jingle Bell Jazz (Columbia) 28:53
  • Marlena Shaw "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" from A Concord Jazz Christmas, Volume 2 (Concord) 38:15
  • Paolo Fresu "Joy To The World" from Jazzy Christmas (Tuk Music) 42:32
  • Paolo Fresu "White Christmas" from Jazzy Christmas (Tuk Music) 46:35
  • Paolo Fresu "I'll Be Home For Christmas" from Jazzy Christmas (Tuk Music) 52:22
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra "What Will Santa Claus Say" from Big Band Holidays II (Blue Engine) 57:34
  • Louis Armstrong / Benny Carter "Christmas In New Orleans" from Santa Claus Blues (Stash) 1:04:09
  • Duke Pearson "Sleigh Ride" from Merry Ole Soul (Blue Note) 1:07:17
  • Duke Pearson "Jingle Bells" from Merry Ole Soul (Blue Note) 1:14:34
  • Duke Pearson "Old Fashioned Christmas" from Merry Ole Soul (Blue Note) 1:19:32
  • Ella Fitzgerald "The Christmas Song (alternate version)" from Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas (Verve) 1:22:46
  • Arthur Blythe "The Christmas Song" from Jingle Bell Jazz (Columbia) 1:26:42
  • Larry Carlton "White Christmas" from Christmas At My House (MCA) 1:32:43
  • Dave Stryker "This Christmas" from Eight Track Christmas (Strikezone) 1:36:39
  • Pat Martino "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" from Yule Be Boppin' (Blue Note) 1:41:37
  • John Coltrane "Acknowledgment" from A Love Supreme (Impulse) 1:46:22

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