Verve Presents: The Very Best of Christmas Jazz

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 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/23/2001
Label: Umvd Labels
UPC: 0731454906722
catalogNumber: 549067
Rank: 169637

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Buck Clayton   Trumpet
Jesse Davis   Alto Saxophone
Billy Eckstine   Vocals
Bill Evans   Piano
Ella Fitzgerald   Vocals
Freddie Green   Guitar
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
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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