Sat, 10 December 2011
Miles Davis only did two recordings that could be called Songs of the Season. One is found on the soundtrack to Scrooged, and the other is the wonderfully cynical "Blue Xmas (To Whom It May Concern)". Recorded during sessions with Gil Evans in August 1962, it brought Miles into collaboration with Bob Dorough, the singer and sognwriter who would go on to Schoolhouse Rock fame. Allmusic.com tells the story well:
The cynical, bah-humbug "Blue Xmas" was probably not what Columbia executives had in mind in 1962 when they asked Miles Davis to record a track for a planned Christmas jazz compilation album. Davis turned to Bob Dorough, whom he had met in Los Angeles in the late '50s and would have sit in with his band to sing "Baltimore Oriole." Miles dug Dorough's hip, laid-back singing style. Dorough left L.A. with a song in hand, met with Miles and arranger Gil Evans, and was soon in the studio with Miles's sextet singing the incendiary words to "Blue Xmas."
The track can be found on the stellar compilation Jingle Bell Swing on Columbia/Legacy Records.
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