Verve Presents: The Very Best of Christmas Jazz

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Here’s a very classy holiday collection bringing together first-rate jazz players and worthy material. Vocalists have their say -- Shirley Horn, Joe Williams, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, and Billy Eckstine turn in committed renditions of Xmas favorites -- but so do exceptional instrumentalists. John Coltrane and his “classic“ quartet put a swinging spin on “Greensleeves,” organist Jimmy Smith jazzes up “Jingle Bells,” pianist Bill Evans (with the assistance of bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Paul Motian) puts a personal touch on “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” and guitarist Kenny Burrell extracts all the blues on “Merry Christmas, Baby,” among other outstanding cuts. Highlights also include Mel Tormé ...
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Here’s a very classy holiday collection bringing together first-rate jazz players and worthy material. Vocalists have their say -- Shirley Horn, Joe Williams, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, and Billy Eckstine turn in committed renditions of Xmas favorites -- but so do exceptional instrumentalists. John Coltrane and his “classic“ quartet put a swinging spin on “Greensleeves,” organist Jimmy Smith jazzes up “Jingle Bells,” pianist Bill Evans (with the assistance of bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Paul Motian) puts a personal touch on “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” and guitarist Kenny Burrell extracts all the blues on “Merry Christmas, Baby,” among other outstanding cuts. Highlights also include Mel Tormé singing his own holiday standard, “Christmas Song,” the Count Basie band with the great vocalist Jimmy Rushing doing “Good Morning Blues,” and Louis Armstrong making merry on “’Zat You, Santa Claus?” Two all-star performances -- “Winter Wonderland” with Shirley Horn supported by trumpeter Roy Hargrove, Stephen Scott, and others, and “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” with Joe Williams, saxophonist Bobby Watson, and trumpeter Joe Wilder -- are mini-classics in themselves.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/23/2001
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 731454906722
  • Catalog Number: 549067
  • Sales rank: 283,949

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Frank deVol (2:53)
  2. 2 Merry Christmas, Baby - Kenny Burrell (3:28)
  3. 3 Christmas Eve - Lionel Newman (3:05)
  4. 4 Here Comes Santa Claus - Ramsey Lewis (2:41)
  5. 5 Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! - Joe Williams (4:37)
  6. 6 Greensleeves - John Coltrane (3:50)
  7. 7 The Christmas Song - Wally Stott & His Orchestra (2:46)
  8. 8 'Zat You, Santa Claus? - Commanders (2:49)
  9. 9 Winter Wonderland (4:09)
  10. 10 Santa Claus Is Coming to Town - Bill Evans (4:27)
  11. 11 Good Morning Blues (3:15)
  12. 12 Jingle Bells - Jimmy Smith (3:12)
  13. 13 Silent Night (2:24)
  14. 14 A Child Is Born - Oscar Peterson (2:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Buck Clayton Trumpet
Jesse Davis Alto Saxophone
Billy Eckstine Vocals
Bill Evans Piano
Ella Fitzgerald Vocals
Freddie Green Guitar
Al Grey Trombone
Roy Hargrove Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Billy Hart Drums
Shirley Horn Vocals
Elvin Jones Drums
Jo Jones Drums
Gary Peacock Bass
Oscar Peterson Piano
Jimmy Rushing Vocals
Norman Simmons Piano
Mel Tormé Vocals
Dinah Washington Vocals
Mark Whitfield Guitar
Joe Williams Vocals
Lester Young Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Billy Butterfield Trumpet
Al Klink Tenor Saxophone
Bernie Leighton Piano
Lou McGarity Trombone
Eldee Young Bass
Seldon Powell Baritone Saxophone
Joe Wilder Trumpet
Tutti Camarata Conductor
Richard Evans Track Performer
Don Sickler Flugelhorn
Billy Drummond Drums
Cleveland Eaton Bass
Frank deVol Conductor
Ramsey Lewis Piano
Jimmy Garrison Bass
Walter Page Bass
McCoy Tyner Piano
Louis Armstrong Vocals
Ron Blake Tenor Saxophone
Sandy Block Bass
Kenny Burrell Guitar
Clark Terry Trumpet
John Coltrane Vocals
Cutty Cutshall Trombone
Eddie Durham Guitar, Trombone
Herschel Evans Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Redd Holt Drums
George Hunt Trombone
Morris Jennings Drums
Dennis Mackrel Drums
Carmen Mastren Guitar
Christian McBride Bass
Dan Minor Trombone
Paul Motian Drums
Lionel Newman Conductor
Hymie Schertzer Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Jimmy Smith Organ
Charles Stepney Organ, Piano
Earle Warren Alto Saxophone
Quentin Warren Guitar
Jack Washington Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Phil Giardina Trombone
Andrew Ferretti Trumpet
Carl Poole Trumpet
Jack Satterfield Trombone
Count Basie Orchestra Track Performer
Ed Grady Drums
Wally Stott Conductor
Ed Lewis Trumpet
Bob Moore Trumpet
Wally Stott & His Orchestra Track Performer
Technical Credits
Norman Simmons Arranger
Joe Williams Arranger
Tutti Camarata Arranger
Don Sickler Arranger, Producer
Frank deVol Arranger
Norman Granz Producer
Esmond Edwards Producer
Bob Shad Producer
Creed Taylor Producer
Bob Thiele Producer
Johnny Moore Composer
Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer Producer
Wally Stott Arranger
Traditional Composer
Jack Fox Composer
James Pierpont Composer
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