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Allen, Eddie / Jazzy Brass For The Holidays
Album:Jazzy Brass For The Holidays Collection:Jazz
Artist:Allen, Eddie Added:11/2009
Label:Unknown 

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Add Date:2009-11-29 Pull Date:2010-01-31 Charts:Jazz
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Album Review
Fo
Reviewed 2009-11-28 
EDDIE ALLEN: Jazzy Brass for the Holidays
DBCD, 2009

CHRISTMAS –Sounding like the hippest Salvation Army band in town, this sextet plays instrumental, jazzed-up carols, often with a straight brass-band intro leading into appealing horn solos. If Xmas songs don’t make you gag on principle, these renditions are really nice.

* * * * | Fo’s Picks: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 11, 12

1. 3:50 – happy intro, relaxed melody, lazy trombone & warm trumpet
2. 3:57 – warm, easygoing shuffle: lovely start, but solos lack spark
3. 2:27 – sneaky little groove spices this one up a bit
4. 3:29 – surprise! slips into a fun, percolating beat with goofy horns
5. 2:51 – slides into a slow New Orleans march, great “dirty” trumpet
6. 2:04 – “Jingle Bells”: slightly drunken intro, then upbeat ‘n’ perky
7. 2:06 – “Frosty the Snowman” glides along merrily
8. 3:54 – nifty waltzing arrangement here; nice use of the horn ensemble
9. 1:36 – bright and bouncy with a good groove; just a little taste
10. 4:19 – retro-hip stroll, a little more solo room than the other tracks
11. 4:00 – cool pulse, riffing horn backing, nice muted trumpet
12. 3:42 – cool bluesy groove, bounces on a happy pulse
13. 3:59 – who knew the little drummer boy was so funky?
14. 3:19 – French horn out in front of a slinky groove

[ Fo ] 11/28/09

Track Listing
1.It Came Upon A Midnight Clear 8.What Child Is This?
2.Go Tell It On The Mountain 9.Deck The Halls
3.God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen 10.Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
4.Hark! The Herald Angels Sing 11.We Three Kings
5.Away In A Manger 12.Good King Wenceslas
6.Jingle Bells 13.The Little Drummer Boy
7.Frosty The Snowman 14.O Holy Night