Dear folks —

It was quite a surprise when I dug this one up in the archives of my dear great-great-uncle Prof. Brewsk Litovsk (see link), who was not only an adventurous archeologist but also a composer of numerous songs.

Most of his original scores are tragically lost, due to the big fire in St. Petersburg in 1921 (the public library burnt down to the grounds, see picture on the above left).

Anyway, Professor Litovsk could save some of his most valuable scores; the unique Bruno The Black-Bloozed Swingbear was among them.

It’s widely unknown today, but the truth is: This, my great-great-uncle’s melody, was the reference of the still today very popular Christmas hymn Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer (click on the link to hear a rather modern version of the famous children’s song).

You may also try to sing along:

As for the original “Rudolph…”, here is the personnel & a related article on Marc Myers’ JazzWax:

Urbie Green and his All-Stars – A Cool Yuletide (1954)

Urbie Green – trombone
Joe Wilder – trumpet
Al Cohn – tenor sax, arrangements
Al Epstein – tenor sax
Buddy Weed – piano
Mundell Lowe – guitar
Milton Hinton – bass
Jimmie Crawford – drums
Don Lamond – drums

As a bloozy P.S., the very first performance of the above score:

Bruno The Black-Bloozed Swingbear

Bruno Leicht – trumpet
François de Ribaupierre – altosax
Joscha Oetz – bass
Nils Tegen – drums

Recorded ‘live’ at Litho, Cologne, on December 10, 2011;

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