" Have a Merry Little" is a 1980 Christmas album released by Al Hirt, a legendary American trumpeter and bandleader. Hirt, born Alois Maxwell Hirt in New Orleans, Louisiana, was widely known for his extraordinary skill and virtuosity on the trumpet, making him the nickname "King of the Trumpet". Covering a profession that lasted over 5 years, Hirt was mainly connected with the Dixieland and swing genres of jazz, but he likewise delved into pop, orchestral, and brass band music. "Have a Merry Little" is a dazzling display of Al Hirt's magnificent abilities and artistry on the trumpet, making it a treasured album for both jazz fans and Christmas music lovers.
" Have a Merry Little" was launched by RCA Records in 1980. The album was produced by Jim Foglesong, an American record manufacturer, and arranged by Larry Wilcox and George Wilkins. It includes a selection of widely popular traditional Christmas songs which Hirt performs with a big band, along with orchestral accompaniments. The talented trumpeter is backed by a group of impressive artists, consisting of a full string section, percussion, brass, and reed instruments, and a rhythm area with piano, bass, and drums. The diverse variety of noises and arrangements on the album showcases Hirt's uncomplicated adaptability and his impressive ability to mix numerous music styles.
" Have a Merry Little" makes up eleven tracks, each bringing its unique variation of an iconic Christmas tune. The track listing is as follows:
1. "Adeste Fideles"
2. "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"
3. "O Holy Night"
4. "Joy to the World"
5. "Silver Bells"
6. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"
7. "Angels We Have Heard on High"
8. "Jingle Bells"
9. "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear"
10. "Silent Night"
11. "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"
Album Highlights and Reception
"Have a Merry Little" has actually been really favored by critics and listeners alike for its imaginative arrangements and Hirt's remarkable trumpet abilities. The album opener, "Adeste Fideles", sets the festive tone with an upbeat tempo and an effective brass section, matched by Hirt's skyrocketing trumpet lines. "Silver Bells" features Hirt beautifully blending with the strings, while "Jingle Bells" delivers a proficient Dixieland twist. "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" showcases Hirt's tender and emotional trumpet solo, capturing the serene and serene essence of the holiday.
The title track, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", is amongst the album's finest offerings. This song highlights Al Hirt's expertise in providing intricate tunes with immense depth and sensation, making it an unforgettable efficiency.
"Have a Merry Little" is a delightful and heartfelt vacation album, a testimony to Al Hirt's genius on the trumpet, and his remarkable capability to adapt to different musical styles. The album records the spirit and essence of the Christmas season with its skillful plans, experienced musicianship, and the extraordinary tone of Hirt's trumpet. A perfect listen for both jazz enthusiasts and Christmas music fans, "Have a Merry Little" remains a classic and treasured addition to any holiday music collection.
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