Various Artists

All Star Christmas Jubilee

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All Star Christmas Jubilee Review

by Scott Yanow

This enjoyable collector's CD contains two complete Christmas radio shows (one from 1947 and the other one performed in 1945, on August 8), a brief Frank Sinatra Christmas program and a couple of miscellaneous items. Such performers as Count Basie's Orchestra, the Delta Rhythm Boys, Lena Horne, Bing Crosby (singing "Gotta Be This or That"), Duke Ellington, Art Tatum, Louis Armstrong, the Nat King Cole Trio, Kay Starr and Les Brown make notable appearances. Overall, the results are an interesting variety of mid-'40s music that will be enjoyed by fans of the swing era.