Christmas Jazz:millennium Collection CD (2007)

Artist: Various

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Product Overview


Label Universal Music Group
SKU 205505634
UPC 602517366398
UPC 14 00602517366398
Format CD
Release Date 9/25/2007
Author Various
Technical Info
Producer Creed Taylor; Esmond Edwards; Milt Gabler; Norman Granz; Ralph Bass; Bob Shad
CatalogID 000921402
Lable Name Verve
Released 09/18/2007
Original Release 2007
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 31m : 1s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00602517366398
Album Notes and Credits
Photographers: Gai Terrell; Chuck Stewart.
Traditional jazz musicians have long made it a practice to use pop standards as the vehicles for their improvisations, and, as this discount-priced collection demonstrates, that is just as valid a device if the standards are holiday songs. Here, pianists Ramsey Lewis, Bill Evans, and Oscar Peterson, guitarist Kenny Burrell, and organist Jimmy Smith all give characteristic interpretations of familiar Christmas material. The other half of the ten selections is devoted to singers, with Ella Fitzgerald making "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" her own ("Hang your nose down, Rudy"); Louis Armstrong mugging his way through "'Zat You, Santa Claus?"; and Mel Torm? contributing his version of the seasonal evergreen he composed himself, "The Christmas Song." Joe Williams and Dinah Washington also turn in typical performances. ~ William Ruhlmann
Disc 1
1 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Ella Fitzgerald/Frank DeVol & His Orchestra
2 Merry Christmas, Baby - Richard Evans & Orchestra/Kenny Burrell
3 Here Comes Santa Claus - Ramsey Lewis Trio
4 Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! - Joe Williams
5 Christmas Song, The - Mel Torm?/Wally Stott & His Orchestra
6 'Zat You, Santa Claus? - Louis Armstrong
7 Santa Claus Is Coming to Town - Bill Evans
8 Jingle Bells - Jimmy Smith
9 Silent Night - Dinah Washington
10 Child Is Born, A - Oscar Peterson
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