Jazz For Joy-Verve Christmas A CD (1996)

Artist: Various Artists

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Product Overview


Label Uni/verve
SKU 60211440
UPC 731453196025
UPC 14 00731453196025
Format CD
Release Date 10/15/1996
Author Various Artists
Technical Info
Engineer Ed Rak
Producer Don Sickler; Don Sickler (Compilation)
CatalogID E5319602
Lable Name Verve
Released 10/15/1996
Original Release 1996
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 58m : 55s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00731453196025
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Abbey Lincoln, Shirley Horn, Betty Carter (vocals); Mark Whitfield (guitar); Ron Blake (tenor saxophone); Roy Hargrove (trumpet, flugelhorn); Roy Hargrive, Nicholas Payton (trumpet); Stephen Scott (piano); Christian McBride (hi-hat).
Audio Mixer: James Nichols.
Recording information: Clinton Recording (04/09/1996-04/23/1996).
Arranger: Don Sickler.
This is a well-rounded set of Christmas songs played by some of Verve's top artists. Shirley Horn, Betty Carter and Abbey Lincoln take two vocals apiece, and the seven instrumentals feature such major players as trumpeters Roy Hargrove and Nicholas Payton, bassist Christian McBride, guitarist Mark Whitfield (showcased on "Soulful Jingle Bells") and pianist Stephen Scott. There is enough variety throughout the date to hold one's interest, with the versions of "Frosty the Snowman," "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" and "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" being among the hotter interpretations. ~ Scott Yanow
Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly (12/6/96, p.65) - "...These spirited instrumental features and lyrical vocal interpretations of yule standards celebrate the joys of jazz as much as they do the holiday season." - Rating: A
Disc 1
1 Christmas Song, The - Shirley Horn
2 Frosty The Snowman - Roy Hargrove
3 Let It Snow - Betty Carter
4 Those Soulful Jingle Bells
5 Christmas Cheer - Abbey Lincoln
6 Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Nicholas Payton/Mark Whitfield
7 Double Decker (Deck The Halls) - Christian McBride
8 Winter Wonderland - Shirley Horn
9 I'll Be Home For Christmas - Stephen Scott
10 Home For The Holidays - Betty Carter
11 Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Stephen Scott/Mark Whitfield
12 This Christmas - Abbey Lincoln
13 Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer - Nicholas Payton
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