The Ultimate Jazz Christmas

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
The holiday season inspires jazz musicians as much as it does the rest of us. Drawing on seasonal classics, as well as instrumental originals associated with the holidays, jazz players and singers have long brought their unique interpretations to this special material. The Ultimate Jazz Christmas does indeed bring together some of the most memorable performances, drawing on first-rate singers -- Nat King Cole, Norah Jones, Nancy Wilson, and Diane Reeves among them -- gifted instrumentalists like Booker Ervin and Donald Byrd, and superbly swinging ensembles including those of Count Basie and Duke Pearson. From Cole’s timeless “Christmas Song” to Charles Brown’s bluesy ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
The holiday season inspires jazz musicians as much as it does the rest of us. Drawing on seasonal classics, as well as instrumental originals associated with the holidays, jazz players and singers have long brought their unique interpretations to this special material. The Ultimate Jazz Christmas does indeed bring together some of the most memorable performances, drawing on first-rate singers -- Nat King Cole, Norah Jones, Nancy Wilson, and Diane Reeves among them -- gifted instrumentalists like Booker Ervin and Donald Byrd, and superbly swinging ensembles including those of Count Basie and Duke Pearson. From Cole’s timeless “Christmas Song” to Charles Brown’s bluesy “Merry Christmas Baby” to the personal versions of Elaine Elias’s “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” and Pearson’s “Little Drummer Boy,” this festive collection will jazz up even the chilliest of winter evenings.
All Music Guide - Campbell
Blue Note's Ultimate Jazz Christmas features 13 songs of the season including instrumental renditions of "Sleigh Ride," and "Little Drummer Boy" by pianist Duke Pearson, "White Christmas," by tenor saxophonist Booker Ervin and several holiday favorites by vocalists Nat King Cole, Nancy Wilson, Lou Rawls, Charles Brown.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/31/2006
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 094636352725
  • Catalog Number: 63527
  • Sales rank: 318,691

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sleigh Ride - Duke Pearson (6:26)
  2. 2 The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole (3:15)
  3. 3 Basie's Jingle Bells - Count Basie (2:24)
  4. 4 That's What I Want for Christmas - Nancy Wilson (2:20)
  5. 5 I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm - Eliane Elias (4:31)
  6. 6 Jingle Bells - Dianne Reeves (2:12)
  7. 7 Merry Christmas Baby - Charles Brown (2:55)
  8. 8 White Christmas - Booker Ervin (4:30)
  9. 9 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Lou Rawls (2:29)
  10. 10 Little Drummer Boy - Duke Pearson (5:43)
  11. 11 Christo Redentor - Donald Byrd (5:43)
  12. 12 Peace - Norah Jones (3:49)
  13. 13 A Child Is Born - Mel Lewis (4:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lou Rawls Vocals
Pepper Adams Clarinet
Count Basie Piano
Louie Bellson Drums
Eddie Bert Trombone
Ronnie Cuber Baritone Saxophone
Richard Davis Bass
Booker Ervin Tenor Saxophone
Freddie Green Guitar
Herbie Hancock Piano
Billy Harper Flute
John Hicks Piano
Marc Johnson Bass
Thad Jones Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Jimmy Knepper Trombone
Mel Lewis Drums
Red Mitchell Bass
Hank Mobley Tenor Saxophone
Duke Pearson Piano, Celeste
Jerome Richardson Flute
Marshall Royal Alto Saxophone
Marvin Stamm Trumpet
Oscar Moore Guitar
Laurence Juber Acoustic Guitar
Quentin Jackson Trombone
Butch Warren Bass
Bob Cranshaw Bass
Airto Moreira Percussion
Al Aarons Trumpet
Al Porcino Trumpet
Dennis Belfield Bass
Donald Byrd Trumpet
Kenny Burrell Guitar
Sonny Cohn Trumpet
Henry Coker Trombone
Nat King Cole Piano, Vocals
Ira Coleman Bass
Eddie Daniels Flute
Eliane Elias Piano
Frank Fields Bass
Frank Foster Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Fowlkes Baritone Saxophone
Roland Hanna Piano
Kevin Hays Piano
Cliff Heather Bass Trombone
Billy Hulting Percussion
Lex Humphries Drums
Virgil Jones Trumpet
Billy Kilson Drums
Lenny McBrowne Drums
Johnny Miller Bass
Earl Palmer Drums
Benny Powell Trombone
Dianne Reeves Vocals
Flip Ricard Trumpet
Mickey Roker Drums
Satoshi Takeishi Drums
Snooky Young Trumpet
Donald Best Vibes
Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson Choir Conductor
Red Tyler Baritone Saxophone
Jeff Colella Piano
Myron Grumbacker Drums
Ike Isaacs Trio Bass
Norah Jones Piano, Vocals
Jerry Dodgion Flute
Lee Allen Orchestra Tenor Saxophone
Nat Cole Piano, Vocals
Technical Credits
Leroy Anderson Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Count Basie Arranger
Bob Belden Arranger
Duke Pearson Arranger
Horace Silver Composer
Mel Tormé Composer
Robert Wells Composer
Tommy Oliver Arranger
Kurt Lundvall Mastering
Earl E. Lawrence Composer
Burton Yount Art Direction
Traditional Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Jazz Christmas music that I have bought

    Then entire CD is inspiring music to keep me in a good mood throughout the year.

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