December 23, 2010

Advent Calendar of Non-Overplayed Christmas Songs No. XX

I only have 48 hours before Christmas to get through the final five chocolates in my Advent Calendar of Non-Overplayed Christmas Songs! (There's so much we didn't cover...) Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker tunes sort of count as overplayed, but it's always refreshing to hear Duke Ellington's versions. (Next year we could focus on great covers of overplayed Christmas songs.) I was looking for recordings of these for years, & finally found them on a CD with the generic title "Three Suites" recorded in 1960. This first youtube is the U.S. Army Blues, & the second is the old Ellington recording:

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