Saturday, December 16, 2006

At last: an MP3 of the 'Studio 60' New Orleans jazz tribute

Last week I was raving about the festive episode of Aaron Sorkin's new US TV drama, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. After some decidedly mixed helpings the show hit its stride just before the winter break when American series traditionally go on hiatus. For me the highlight of the show was its finale, when the fictional sketch show featured in Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip [also called Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, natch] showcased a clutch of jazz musicians from New Orleans who'd been displaced by Hurricane Katrina. They played an arrangement of Oh Holy Night that was simply stunning.

If you'd like to see an officially sanctioned clip [unlike the bootlet clip YouTube was hosting that has now been removed], visit this NBC website page and click the link that says Watch Highlight. Best of all, you can now hear the arrangement as an mp3 without people talking over the top of it. Pure class.

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