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Christmas (1995)

Artist: Oscar Peterson
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Format: CD
Sku: 60158839
UPC: 089408337222
UPC 14: 00089408337222
Release Date: 8/22/1995
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen ~ Oscar Peterson
2. What Child Is This? ~ Oscar Peterson
3. Let It Snow ~ Oscar Peterson
4. White Christmas ~ Oscar Peterson
5. Jingle Bells ~ Oscar Peterson
6. I'll Be Home For Christmas ~ Oscar Peterson
7. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town ~ Oscar Peterson
8. O Little Town Of Bethlehem ~ Oscar Peterson
9. Christmas Waltz ~ Oscar Peterson
10. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas ~ Oscar Peterson
11. Silent Night ~ Oscar Peterson
12. Winter Wonderland ~ Oscar Peterson
13. Away In A Manger ~ Oscar Peterson
14. O Christmas Tree ~ Oscar Peterson
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel includes: Oscar Peterson (piano); Rick Wilkins (conductor); Jack Schantz (flugelhorn); Dave Samuels (vibraphone); Lorne Lofsky (guitar); David Young (bass); Jerry Fuller (drums).
Muze PNote Recording at Manta/Eastern Studio A, Toronto, Canada between January 15 and July 30, 1995. Includes liner notes by Alyn Shipton.
Muze PNote Personnel: Oscar Peterson (piano); Lorne Lofsky (guitar); Jack Schantz (flugelhorn); Dave Samuels (vibraphone); Jerry Fuller (drums).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Michael Bishop .
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Alyn Shipton.
Muze PNote Recording information: Commercial Recording Studios, Clevelan (01/15/1995-07/30/1995); Eastern Studio A, Toronto, Canada (01/15/1995-07/30/1995); Manta (01/15/1995-07/30/1995); Master Sound Astoria Studios, Astoria, NY (01/15/1995-07/30/1995).
Muze PNote Editor: James Bonney.
Muze PNote Photographer: Edward Gajdel.
Muze PNote Oscar Peterson takes it easy during his relaxed set. He had not completely recovered from his stroke but he was still an impressive pianist. Peterson, who is assisted by guitarist Lorne Lofsky, bassist David Young, and drummer Jerry Fuller, is joined by a 20-piece string section arranged and conducted by Rick Wilkins. The 14 holiday tunes (which include "God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman," "White Christmas," "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas") are given tasteful and lightly swinging treatments and there are guest appearances by vibraphonist Dave Samuels and flugelhornist Jack Schantz. But no real surprises or chancestaking occurs and the music is mostly just pleasant. ~ Scott Yanow

Producer: Elaine Martone; Robert Woods

Engineer: Jack Renner

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Dave Samuels

Compilation Appearances

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Muze Music Compilations Jazz Master Files
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Muze Music Compilations Just Great Jazz
Muze Music Compilations Verve:sound Of America Singles Collec
Muze Music Compilations Ultimate Collection
Muze Music Compilations Complete Cole Porter Songbooks
Muze Music Compilations Jazz For Kids
Muze Music Compilations Very Best Of Christmas Jazz
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Muze Music Compilations Fifteen Shades Of Blue
Muze Music Compilations Smooth Jazz

Associated Artists and Works

Armstrong, Louis
Astaire, Fred
Basie, Count
Count Basie Encounters Oscar Peterson ~ Basie, Count
Satch and Josh...Again ~ Basie, Count
The Timekeepers ~ Basie, Count
Playing Our Songs ~ Brubeck, Dave
Benny Carter Meets Oscar Peterson ~ Carter, Benny
DeFranco, Buddy
Oscar Peterson & Harry Edison ~ Edison, Harry ". (Trumpet)
Jazz Maturity....Where It's Coming From ~ Eldridge, Roy
Ellington Edward Kennedy
Ellis, Herb
Fitzgerald, Ella
Ella and Oscar ~ Fitzgerald, Ella
Ella and Oscar ~ Fitzgerald, Ella
Garner, Erroll
Stan Getz and the Oscar Peterson Trio ~ Getz, Stan
Gillespie, Dizzy
The Trumpet Summit Meets the Oscar Peterson Big Fo ~ Gillespie, Dizzy
Grappelli, Stephane
Hampton, Lionel
Hawkins, Coleman
Henderson, Bill
Holiday, Billie
Face To Face ~ Hubbard, Freddie
Jackson, Milt
The Very Tall Band: Live at the Blue Note ~ Jackson, Milt
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz ~ McPartland, Marian
Original Soundtrack
The Very Tall Band: Live at the Blue Note ~ Oscar Peterson & the Very Tall
The Trumpet Summit Meets the Oscar Peterson Big Fo ~ Oscar Peterson Big 4
Freedom Song: The Oscar Peterson Big 4 In Japan '8 ~ Oscar Peterson Big 4
Digital at Montreux ~ Pedersen, Orsted
Digital at Montreux ~ Pedersen, Orsted
Side By Side ~ Perlman, Itzhak
Oscar Peterson Plays the Cole Porter Songbook ~ Porter, Cole
The Oscar Peterson & Nelson Riddle [Digipak] ~ Riddle, Nelson
Smith, Stuff
Smith, Stuff (Jazz)
Terry, Clark
Vaughan, Sarah
Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson [Remaster] ~ Webster, Ben
The President Plays ~ Young, Lester (Saxophone)

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 11/01/1995
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1995
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : CD 83372
Music Label Name Label : Telarc Distribution
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00089408337222

Professional Reviews

Musician (1/96, p.88)
- "...relaxed groove. A sympathetic rhythm section simmers on the up tunes and cools down with taste on the ballads....[Peterson's] solos probe the harmonic corners of the tune, with plenty of space, an unhurried feel, and only the occasional hair-raising embellishment.."

Jazziz (12/95, p.28)
- "...holy, holy, holy....Every cut is a gem on this recording..."

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