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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|
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!
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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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!
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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Lush, fabulous arrangements that aren't so "jazzy" you can't find the melody. Love it!Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very relaxing wonderfully played music. Audio qulaity is quite goodPublished 19 months ago by Johnny Tywoniuk
No one can tickle the ivories like this man. megb....Published on July 23 2014 by firstname.lastname@example.org
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