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Listening Booth — Dartmouth Glee Club, White Christmas on the Campus

Listening Booth — Dartmouth Glee Club, White Christmas on the Campus

Listening Booth, Music
A few years ago I downloaded what has since become one of my favorite Christmas albums ever -- White Christmas on the Campus by the Dartmouth Glee Club (United Artists UAL 3102, 1961). Now I now what you might be thinking: Glee Club? You mean like the homogenized, lifeless crap on that TV show? Nope. This is the real deal. Tasteful and elegant a capella holiday music, nothing more. The Glee Club was apparently all-male when this was recorded, just so you know. Regardless, or maybe because of that, this is a strong performance with just the right balance of delicacy and strength. Kudos to director Paul R. Zeller. My favorite, in case you were wondering, is "The Secret of Christmas." If you enjoy this album (and I know you will), be sure to check out the excellent Ernie (Not Bert) ...
Sunday Jazz: Warren Wolf debuts on Mack Avenue

Sunday Jazz: Warren Wolf debuts on Mack Avenue

Music, Sunday Jazz
I'm happy to report that, despite what many think, jazz is indeed alive and well. Further proof of that can be found in the new, self-titled album from vibraphonist Warren Wolf (out now on Mack Avenue Records). After just one listen I knew this was a lock for my year-end best of list. Do yourself a favor and pick up Wolf's album today. But if you're one of those cautious types who needs a little proof, I've got you covered. Follow this link to SoundCloud to hear two tracks from the album -- "427 Mass Ave." and "Señor Mouse." "427 Mass Ave." puts me in mind of the Modern Jazz Quartet -- and it's no surprise that Wolf cites Milt Jackson as an influence -- but there's nothing retro or backward-looking about it. "Señor Mouse" is a Wolf solo showcase and as you might expect, it sports a s