Yearly Archives: 2011

Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass: Christmas Album [Christmas Album Countdown]

OK, so it may not be a profound musical masterpiece, and not everyone may have heard it or own it (unlike the iconic Whipped Cream and Other Delights album, which everyone’s dad seemed to own), but it was not Christmas at our … Continue reading

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The Brian Setzer Orchestra: Boogie Woogie Christmas [Christmas Album Countdown]

While Brian Setzer has gone on to record another album of Christmas tunes (Dig That Crazy Christmas) and release an album of his fantastic live Christmas show (Christmas Comes Alive!), this is the album that started it all.   Boogie … Continue reading

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Carpenters: Christmas Portrait [Christmas Album Countdown]

One could argue that the Carpenters’ career had already crested, and that they were not at the top of their game when this album was recorded.  But that would overlook the fact that this album, Christmas Portrait, not only remains one … Continue reading

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Various Artists: A GRP Christmas Collection [Christmas Album Countdown]

At the time I first purchased this disc, I was really into the “GRP sound” at the time.  GRP Records was known for slickly-produced contemporary jazz that for the most part avoided the triteness of what would eventually become Smooth … Continue reading

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John Pizzarelli’s “Let’s Share Christmas [Christmas Album Countdown]

A perennial favorite, jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli serves up a dozen holiday favorites dressed up in his fluid guitar and smooth vocal crooning on his holiday album Let’s Share Christmas.  In addition to his own trio, Pizzarelli teams with an … Continue reading

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