Welcome to episode 95 of Holly Jolly X’masu! In this episode, I talk about Shoji Suzuki’s 1961 album, “Swingin’ Christmas.”
I truly hope you enjoyed this episode. This is one of my favorite albums and played a huge part in my collecting journey. I’d love to say it’s the best album in my collection, but I actually have several others that blow it away. I’ll be covering one of those on Christmas Day.
I mentioned Shoji Suzuki’s biggest hit, “Suzukake No Michi,” and I wanted to share a video of it with you. This is from 1987 and features the Rhythm Aces lineup that appeared on this album—Shoji Suzuki on clarinet, Toshio Suzuki on piano, Jimmy Takeuchi on drums, Ryusei Matsuzaki on vibraphone, and Yoichi Kobayashi on bass. I loved finding this and being able to see the entire band performing.
As hard as it is to believe, December is just around the corner, which means I’ll have a new episode each week. Throughout the month, I’ll be covering some of the best and most interesting albums in my collection. I’ll start off with the Meiji Gakuin University Glee Club’s 10th anniversary performance of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. After that, I’ll cover a really groovy late 60s album, “Christmas Song/New Year’s Song.” Then tune in for Kayo Ishu’s outstanding vocal jazz album, “Scat Christmas.” I’ll close out the year with a pair of extremely rare albums from the early 70s that have to be heard to be believed.
As always, any feedback on this episode would be appreciated. If have any suggestions, or if you’d like to recommend a song or album for a future episode, drop me a line and let me know.
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Author: Scott Leopold