CD 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: Christmas Jazz, Vol. 2 (CD 1150562),
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20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: Christmas Jazz, Vol. 2


  • 1. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Ella Fitzgerald
    2. Kissing by the Mistletoe - Joe Williams
    3. I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm - Billie Holiday
    4. We Free Kings - Rahsaan Roland Kirk
    5. Ole Santa - Dinah Washington
    6. Christmas Eve - Billy Eckstine
    7. Sleigh Ride - Ramsey Lewis Trio
    8. O Little Town of Bethlehem - Sister Rosetta Tharpe
    9. Silent Night - Jimmy Smith
    10. Greensleeves - John Coltrane
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): B-00092130

  • Credits
    ProducerCreed Taylor; Norman Granz; Ralph Bass; Bob Thiele
    Engineer

    Photographers: Gai Terrell; Paul J. Hoeffler; Chuck Stewart.
    Arrangers: Sister Rosetta Tharpe; Belford Hendricks.
    On 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: Christmas Jazz, Vol. 2, the compilers have opted for some more unusual choices than those found on the first volume. Ella Fitzgerald gets things started in conventional fashion with "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" from Meet Me in St. Louis, but Joe Williams' "Kissing by the Mistletoe," Dinah Washington's "Ole Santa," and Billy Eckstine's "Christmas Eve" are lesser-known numbers. Billie Holiday's "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" isn't really a Christmas carol at all, despite its December setting, and John Coltrane's "Greensleeves" is traditional but also not quite Christmas-like, especially in his free jazz reading. Equally unusual in that regard is Roland Kirk's pointedly titled "We Free Kings." Sister Rosetta Tharpe reminds listeners to keep the Christ in Christmas with "O Little Town of Bethlehem." Organist Jimmy Smith is credited for "Silent Night," which actually turns out to be a female vocal performance (possibly by Dinah Washington), though that could be Smith on celesta. More likely, somebody made a mistake. ~ William Ruhlmann

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