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  • Audio CD (April 9, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B000003D4X
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,881 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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

Customer Reviews

Oscar Peterson is the BOMB!
Robert S. Smith
I consider it one of the very, very best Christmas albums in my entire collection, and am happy to give it my highest recommendation to you.
e1x56u$*w#
I absolutely love Christmas Jazz music and this is now in my collection!
Javier Lopez

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By e1x56u$*w# on December 13, 2004
Format: Audio CD
When the presents have been unwrapped, the guests have gone and you're ready to dim the lights and spend some quiet time with your loved one, THIS is the CD you want to have handy to put on.

Peterson's unobtrusive and soothing, yet sophisticated tinkling of the ivories provides the ideal instrumental backdrop to whatever holiday activities you may have in mind.

On this CD, Peterson masterfully pulls off the extremely delicate feat of not making his music so dense as to turn off those of us not into Jazz, while at the same time never stooping to becoming the light fluff despised by true Jazz fans. It is this integrity and intelligence which sets this album apart from the rest of the Christmas pack and makes it truly outstanding.

I consider it one of the very, very best Christmas albums in my entire collection, and am happy to give it my highest recommendation to you.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Dick K on November 30, 2004
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This CD hardly needs another 5-star review but it's going to get one anyway :) So if you're still wondering if you're going to like this CD --

* You like Oscar Peterson? Buy it and enjoy. He's in fine form, laid-back and respectful of the tunes but not slaved to the sheet music.

* You like cool jazz? Good heavens why are you reading this, surely you already own this one! No? Well then, you need to fix that right now!

* You like Christmas music? Get it. Don't let the jazz category scare you away. Sure, Oscar isn't going to play every note exactly as you've always heard it, but there's never a note out of place and this is music he respects and likes, too. His laid back style on this CD just fits so well that its a CD I love and my 80-year-old Mom likes and she's no fan of jazz.

Bottom line is that this is wonderful music played by a legend on piano. Get it and enjoy.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Catherine S. Vodrey on December 12, 2002
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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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca*rhapsodyinblue* VINE VOICE on November 20, 2007
Format: Audio CD
"Oscar Peterson is simply the world's greatest jazz pianist and one of the greatest virtuosos in jazz. That's the title he has won from music audiences, critics and fellow artists." ~ André Previn ~

What good is this Christmas album, "An Oscar Peterson Christmas" without the combined talents of a crew of the finest jazz musicians whom Oscar Peterson personally selected to help him make this recording a truly powerful work of art?

Recorded in 1995 by Telarc in its new exclusive 20-bit technology, the listeners are guaranteed the best quality sound ever. Telarc has an exceptional reputation not only for producing discs of the highest quality standards, but also for utilizing top-of-the-line digital recording techniques.

The living legend of jazz piano and 14-times recipient of the "Best Jazz Pianist of the Year" given by Down Beat Magazine, Oscar Peterson, is surrounded by some of the best musicians in the history of jazz - Dave Samuels (vibes), David Young (bass), Jack Schantz (flugelhorn), Lorne Lofsky (guitar), Jerry Fuller (drums) and Rick Wilkins (conductor/arranger for String Ensemble).

It's hard to single out a favorite tune for all the tracks are winners. You can't just ignore Mr. Peterson's brilliant and exquisite piano playing particularly the last track, a solo piano performance of "O Christmas Tree," which is just the perfect finale for this amazing Christmas CD.

"Silent Night" is heavenly! From the very first note to the last, this Christmas classic was given the smoothest treatment you can ever have the pleasure of listening to in a jazz recording. Ditto with "The Christmas Waltz," which is the sweetest instrumental rendition ever recorded.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By jrd on December 1, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is perfect, instrumental, holiday music. Being an Oscar Peterson fan, I am bias, but this is not your typical 'jazz' holiday disc. Do not hesitate on buying this disc because you don't like jazz. My brother hates jazz but he loves this disc. The solos herein never deviate too far from the melody and a warm, mellow tone of Christmas by the fireside resonates in every song. To me, a blasting trumpet or searing guitar solo is never well suited for Christmas music. This disc sits in the background perfectly, sets a beautiful peaceful mood and pleases the senses.

This is simply the most wonderful adult Christmas Eve album available, period. It is perfect for sipping an evening cocktail and sitting in the dark with nothing on but Christmas lights. I cannot imagine anyone regetting the purchase of this disc, and I rarely say that.
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