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Holly Jolly X'masu

Apr 19, 2024

Welcome to episode 109 of Holly Jolly X'masu! April is Jazz Awareness Month, and in this episode, I talk about the 1998 album, “Jingle Jazz.”

Various Artists – Jingle Jazz – 1998

I hope you enjoyed “Jingle Jazz” as much as I do. I love a good Christmas Jazz album, and this one is one of the better, more recent ones in my collection. I know a fair number of people who won’t give Jazz a chance. Jazz encompasses such a wide array of styles, though, that that’s almost like saying they won’t give music a chance. I don’t listen to enough to be able to tell you which specific genres of Jazz I like, but there’s quite a bit that appeals to me, from Smooth Jazz, to really bizarre, improvisational Jazz. “Jingle Jazz” is diverse enough that it tends to hit all the sweet spots.

Various Artists – Jingle Jazz – Back

Join me back here next week for something a little different. I’ll be talking about “Superman Santa,” a children’s book and record set from 1986. It actually fits the theme of month, at least a little, in that the music was composed by Minoru Mukaiya and Issei Noro from the Jazz Fusion band, Cassiopeia. It’s a lot of fun and one you’re sure to enjoy.

Various Artists – Jingle Jazz – Inner

As always, any feedback on this episode would be appreciated. If have any suggestions, or if you’d like to recommend a song or album for a future episode, drop me a line and let me know.

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