VA - Songs That Won the War: Christmas Jump & Jive (2001)

VA - Songs That Won the War: Christmas Jump & Jive (2001)

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Jazz, Swing, Oldies, Xmas | Label: Varèse Sarabande

Christmas Jump & Jive is one of two holiday-themed compilations included in Rod McKuen's series "Songs That Won The War." This collection is sourced primarily from radio broadcasts and transcriptions. It is a strange package: many of the selections are not holiday tunes; many are not from the 1940s, much less the war years; and some of the track titles are dubious at best: the "Quiet Christmas Riot" attributed to Buddy Rich is plain old "Quiet Riot," and Benny Goodman's "Jingle Bell Jive" is the 1935 "Jingle Bells" recorded for Victor. But buried in the filler are some rare gems: a breakneck broadcast version of Duke Ellington's "Ring Dem Bells"; a rare parody of "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer" by the equally rare pairing of Bing Crosby and Ella Fitzgerald; and a broadcast performance of Nat King Cole's "Mrs. Santa Claus."

1. Glenn Miller – Sun Valley Jump
2. Duke Ellington & His Orchestra – Ring Dem Bells
3. Charlie Spivak – White Christmas
4. Johnny Mercer – G.I. Jive
5. The Benny Goodman Quartet – Rose Room
6. Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra – March of the Toys
7. Arthur Greenslade – Christmas Night in Knightsbridge
8. Louis Jordan – Jumpin' at the Jubilee
9. Nat King Cole – Mrs. Santa Claus
10. Glenn Miller – Little Brown Jug
11. Bing Crosby & Ella Fitzgerald – Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
12. Big Jim's Banjo Band – Christmas Mountain Swing
13. Kay Starr – Ain't Misbehavin'
14. Artie Shaw – When the Quail Comes Back to San Quentin
15. Buddy Rich – Quiet Christmas Riot
16. Jay Wilbur & The Three Ginx – The Santa Claus Express
17. Benny Goodman – Jingle Bell Jive
18. Corky Hale – Hark the Herald Angels Sing
19. Billy Cotton & His Band – Jolly Old Christmas (feat. Fred Douglas)
20. Louis Prima – The White Cliffs of Dover (There'll Be Blue Birds Over)

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