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An Oscar Peterson Christmas

  • 1. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
    2. What Child Is This?
    3. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
    4. White Christmas
    5. Jingle Bells
    6. I'll Be Home for Christmas
    7. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
    8. O Little Town of Bethlehem
    9. Christmas Waltz, The
    10. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
    11. Silent Night
    12. Winter Wonderland
    13. Away in a Manger
    14. O Christmas Tree
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 83372

  • Credits
    ProducerElaine Martone; Robert Woods
    EngineerJack Renner

    Personnel includes: Oscar Peterson (piano); Rick Wilkins (conductor); Jack Schantz (flugelhorn); Dave Samuels (vibraphone); Lorne Lofsky (guitar); David Young (bass); Jerry Fuller (drums).
    Recording at Manta/Eastern Studio A, Toronto, Canada between January 15 and July 30, 1995. Includes liner notes by Alyn Shipton.
    Personnel: Oscar Peterson (piano); Lorne Lofsky (guitar); Jack Schantz (flugelhorn); Dave Samuels (vibraphone); Jerry Fuller (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Michael Bishop .
    Liner Note Author: Alyn Shipton.
    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).
    Editor: James Bonney.
    Photographer: Edward Gajdel.
    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

  • Critic 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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