Song:Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Album:Santa's Bag: An All Star Jazz Christmas
Here's a 1994 various artists CD that is perfect jazz for your Christmas listening. From what I can tell, this recording of Santa Claus Is Coming To Town by jazz legends Dave Brubeck and Gerry Mulligan was recorded specifically for this CD. Of course back in 1968, Gerry Mulligan joined the Brubeck band after Paul Desmond left. He was a regular in that band from 1968-72 and then he would alternate with Desmond as a guest soloist at concerts depending on their schedules. Brubeck and the original quartet featuring Desmond first recorded Santa Claus Is Coming To Town for the 1962 Columbia Records various artists album Jingle Bell Jazz. By the 90s, Brubeck was recording for Telarc Records and he was planning a Christmas CD. A Dave Brubeck Christmas was released in 1996. But that was a solo piano album. So this recording by Brubeck and Mulligan isn't on that CD. This version was recorded in 1994 and it appears to be a one shot reunion of these jazz greats. Artists appearing on Santa's Bag include Ray Brown, Mel Torme, George Shearing, Jimmy McGriff and Hank Crawford, Joe Williams, Kenny Barron, Bobby Short, Jim Hall, Hilton Ruiz and Louie Bellson. This CD is available at a deep discount price so I recommend it to those who want a Christmas Jazz CD. Here's a video of Santa Claus Is Coming To Town by Dave Brubeck and Gerry Mulligan.