Released by North Star, this album of Christmas favorites by the fabulous Rosemary Clooney was compiled by Concord Records, presumably from more than one of the many albums she has recorded for that label over the years. Anyone who has read more than a handful of this writer's reviews will be aware of his fondness for Rosie whose distinctive voice and easygoing style have always struck a responsive chord. She is, quite simply, one of the most wonderful pop singers ever (our opinion, of course, but one that is shared by many others). She's accompanied here mainly by large orchestras, sometimes with strings and, on occasion, an unidentified back'up chorus. The arrangements, also anonymous, are first'rate, the choice of material likewise, starting with Bob Wells / Mel Torm's classic 'Christmas Song' and including, among others, Irving Berlin's 'White Christmas' (on which she sings the lovely introductory verse) and other well'known seasonal songs blended with a few lesser'known melodies such as 'Sleep Well, Little Children,' 'Christmas Mem'ries,' Lee Mendelson / Vince Guaraldi's 'Christmas Time Is Here' (written for a Peanuts television special) and Matt Dennis / Tom Adair's 'The Spirit of Christmas.' On the medley of 'Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town / Hey Kris Kringle' Rosie is joined by an unnamed male singer whose voice I can't quite identify (it's not Michael Feinstein but closer to him than Bing Crosby). The recording quality is excellent, playing time modest at less than forty'two minutes. A congenial and unassuming soundtrack for those festive holiday get'togethers.
Track Listing: The Christmas Song; White Christmas; Let It Snow; It?s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year; Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas; Winter Wonderland; Sleep Well, Little Children; I?ll Be Home for Christmas; Christmas Time Is Here; Santa Claus Is Coming to Town; The Christmas Waltz; Christmas Mem?ries; The Spirit of Christmas (41:48).
Personnel: Rosemary Clooney, vocals; other personnel unlisted.
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. After going through Rock 'n Roll, the Beatles and Heavy Metal/Hard Rock phases over the next eight or so years, I finally bought my first jazz album; We're All Together Again for the First Time by Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan. I was hooked on jazz, and still am 40+ years later.
I moved from England to the USA in 2002, and founded the Brookfield Jazz Society in 2005.
I became editor of the quarterly IAJRC Journalin 2012. The magazine goes to the worldwide membership of the IAJRC (International Association of Jazz Record Collectors) and many major libraries and educational establishments around the world.
As well as being the editor of the IAJRC Journal, I write about jazz and review CDs, vinyl, DVDs and books on jazz.
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