There comes a time during every Christmas when ‘the best Christmas album in the world…ever’ loses its veneer and another less celebrated brand of Christmas music steps up to the mark. Today we’re making the case for our list of swing Christmas songs, an easy listening collection that never loses the will to effortlessly groove. With a who’s who of swing music pioneers on show this was never going to be less than a cool delight. Opening with Ella Fitzgerald’s smokey rendition of ‘White Christmas’ and ending with Duke Ellington’s piano fantastic ‘Jingle Bells’ this is best way to catch the swing feel over Christmas.
The sad thing about most of the material here is that it is often left behind in favour of easier thrills. So when you hear sassy gems like Billie Holiday’s ‘I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm’ you realise that a whole generation may be losing out on a finer brand of Christmas music. Granted Glenn Miller’s ‘Sleigh Ride’ may sound like it belongs back in a time when the family gathered around the only media there was, namely the old fashioned wireless, but boy does it swing like its winning. Louis Prima’s 1958 ‘Shake Hands with Santa Claus’ offers an even ballsier big band experience that originally featured on an album of his called ‘Breaking It Up!’ that was otherwise non Christmassy.
All told swing Christmas songs should get you dancing in a way you never thought possible at Christmas. Nothing tired about the songs although you might be by the finish!
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