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December 12, 2011


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Yeah, "Cool Yule"! -- That's my all-time favorite Christmas album 'cause it swings so lightly, so effortlessly; and trumpeter Nick Travis plays some beautiful solos as well. The arrangements are outstanding; and although there are only eight tracks, it seems to be longer.

This particular 10" is indeed very rare. A record-selling friend of mine has sent me the digitalized tracks as a little Christmas gift some years ago.

Barry Block

Urbie Green: A Cool Yuletide

You can read the album back.

It says that Charlie Shirley was the arranger.

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