Image from Avi Ofer’s film, “Jingle Bells,” with the JLCO. Image from Jazz Blog
Great animation, great orchestra, great arrangement, great song!
YouTube description and details:
Make the Yuletide swing with Jingle Bells from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis! Jingle Bells is featured on BIG BAND HOLIDAYS, their new album out now on Blue Engine Records.
Produced by Jazz at Lincoln Center and 1504
Animation by Avi Ofer
Buy BIG BAND HOLIDAYS: http://ow.ly/UlULZ
BIG BAND HOLIDAYS is the first holiday album ever released by DownBeat Readers Poll’s Best Big Band of 2013 & 2014, Big Band Holidays features original big band arrangements of timeless favorites including Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, We Three Kings, and White Christmas. Nine-time GRAMMY Award winner and Pulitzer Prize winner Wynton Marsalis and the JLCO are joined by special guest vocalists Cécile McLorin Salvant, Gregory Porter, and René Marie on what’s sure to become a holiday classic.
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Especially with two or three FM stations in Dallas running Christmas music nonstop from Thanksgiving to Christmas, I grow weary of the same, hoary old arrangements. Nor can I live forever on the great choral stuff from the classical station.
Jazz at Christmas puts me at ease, and into the spirit.
So it is that every Christmas, after the actual holiday, I go shopping for deals on Christmas jazz. This new album from Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) is good enough, it may not be discounted. Marketers will hold it until next year. When we buy from Blue Engine Records, profits probably support Jazz at Lincoln Center.
But you can listen to it now, with the wonderful Avi Ofer animation above.
Or, listen to every song from the album performed live just a few weeks ago: