CD 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: Christmas Jazz, Vol. 1 (CD 1167840),
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20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: Christmas Jazz, Vol. 1


  • 1. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Ella Fitzgerald/Frank DeVol & His Orchestra
    2. Merry Christmas, Baby - Kenny Burrell/Richard Evans & Orchestra
    3. Here Comes Santa Claus - Ramsey Lewis Trio
    4. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! - Joe Williams
    5. Christmas Song, The - Mel Torm/Wally Stott & His Orchestra
    6. 'Zat You, Santa Claus? - Louis Armstrong
    7. Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town - Bill Evans
    8. Jingle Bells - Jimmy Smith
    9. Silent Night - Dinah Washington
    10. Child Is Born, A - Oscar Peterson
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): B-000921402

  • Credits
    ProducerCreed Taylor; Esmond Edwards; Milt Gabler; Norman Granz; Ralph Bass; Bob Shad
    Engineer

    Photographers: Gai Terrell; Chuck Stewart.
    Traditional jazz musicians have long made it a practice to use pop standards as the vehicles for their improvisations, and, as this discount-priced collection demonstrates, that is just as valid a device if the standards are holiday songs. Here, pianists Ramsey Lewis, Bill Evans, and Oscar Peterson, guitarist Kenny Burrell, and organist Jimmy Smith all give characteristic interpretations of familiar Christmas material. The other half of the ten selections is devoted to singers, with Ella Fitzgerald making "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" her own ("Hang your nose down, Rudy"); Louis Armstrong mugging his way through "'Zat You, Santa Claus?"; and Mel Torm contributing his version of the seasonal evergreen he composed himself, "The Christmas Song." Joe Williams and Dinah Washington also turn in typical performances. ~ William Ruhlmann

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