Jim Cullum, Jr.

'Tis the Season...To Be Jammin'

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One of the finest of all the Christmas jazz albums, this well-planned LP features Jim Cullum's Jazz Band, a septet comprised of the leader-cornetist, trombonist Randy Reinhart, clarinetist Allan Vache, pianist John Sheridan, Howard Elkins on banjo, guitar and vocals, bassist Jimmy Johnston and drummer Ed Torres. Their rendition of Schubert's "Ave Maria" is beautiful, Sheridan is showcased on "Nutcracker Rag" and other highlights include heated versions of "Sleigh Ride," "Home for the Holidays" and "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town." Highly recommended if now difficult to find.