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An Oscar Peterson Christmas

Oscar Peterson Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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1. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
2. What Child Is This?
3. 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
10. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
11. Silent Night
12. Winter Wonderland
13. Away In A Manger
14. O Christmas Tree

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Oscar Peterson and his six-piece combo are all business on Peterson's 1995 Christmas recording, extolling the virtues of Peterson's intelligent and seductive keyboard work as well as those of his knowing sidemen. The result is a triumphant set of 14 standards showcasing the group's intricate interplay and tasty individual solos. The ensemble's instrument mix--a discreet blend of vibes, flügelhorn, guitar, bass, drums, and piano--adds splashes of color and shading on classics such as "Let It Snow" when you least expect it. Plus, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more knowing pianist. Peterson can be as sentimental as anyone , for example, on "White Christmas," while also slowing a down-tempo melody even more to create an intoxicating vista. With ensemble pieces led by one of jazz's living legends, Oscar's refined holiday record lacks only a yule log and a nice, smooth merlot. --Martin Keller

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Oscar's quartet is bathed in the splendor of a 20-piece string section on this swinging set of holiday tunes from '95. The ivories sparkle as he plays What Child Is This?; Jingle Bells; The Christmas Waltz; Silent Night; Away in a Manger; I'll Be Home for Christmas; White Christmas; O Christmas Tree , and more!

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a false note on it--GREAT Christmas jazz! Dec 12 2002
Format:Audio CD
Almost every household has a moment during the Christmas season when Christmas music gets to be, well, too much. When that moment hits--and it will--turn off whatever you have on and put on "An Oscar Peterson Christmas" for a refreshingly astringent, swinging change of pace that still subtly evokes the joy and splendor of the season.
The album opens with "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" and goes right through "What Child Is This?", "White Christmas," "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and all manner of other holiday favorites. The difference is that Peterson puts his masterful spin on the songs so that they sound not saccharine and dripping with false sentiment, but bracing and clear and fairly snapping with energy. Could there be more innocuous song than "Jingle Bells?" Well, on this album, Peterson and flugelhorn player Jack Schantz make it into a smoothy-smooth, swingin' be-boppy pleasure to listen to.
In addition to all the classics, there is one original here that's well worth the price of the album all on its own: "Christmas Waltz." This is a gorgeous meditation on the regret and memories that can crowd a Christmas--you'll want to put it on while dancing in the dark in front of a roaring fire with your sweetie. Have a glass of champagne while you're at it. See what happens. Highly recommded!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oscar Peterson, Canada's greatest jazz musician Jan. 11 2010
Format:Audio CD
If you like jazz and you like Christmas music, you should love this CD, Filled with great tunes, Oscar puts his own spin on them. Oscar's genius lies in his ability to beautifully embroider the melody without losing sight of it......... Enjoy
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oscar Peterson is Perfect Dec 13 2005
Format:Audio CD
Can you ever use the word 'perfect' enough when discussing Oscar Peterson? If you can't then consider this, Oscar Peterson delivers another flawless performance on this collection of Christmas favourites. He has a good mix of both the traditional carols and some of the secular songs of the season.
This is a perfect CD to add to your collection of Christmas music. It's perfect for those late nights relaxing by the tree.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Parfait quand les enfants sont couchés Jan. 10 2009
By Peanut
Format:Audio CD
C'est définitivement mon disque de Noël préféré... Une fois que les enfants sont couchés, que le sapin est allumé, mon mari et moi buvons du vin en regardant le sapin et en soupirant de bien-être. Quelle musique agréable. Du bon smooth jazz aussi à faire entendre pendant une réception.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas time with Oscar Peterson Dec 2 2003
By Derek
Format:Audio CD
Labeled as one of the greatest pianist in the jazz world, Oscar Peterson definitely shines on this album. He maintains the original Christmas melodies, but also adds his own personal touch to each and every song. This is a must for your holiday collection. I'm very particular about the jazz albums that I buy and this one did not let me down...you will NOT be disappointed.
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