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A GRP Christmas Collection CD

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  • Audio CD (October 17, 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: GRP Records
  • Run Time: 57 minutes
  • ASIN: B000006L5L
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,823 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth M. Cole on November 20, 1999
Format: Audio CD
...or something like that. Makes you want to trade in your black turtleneck and beret for green and red ones. Seriously, all three volumes of the GRP Christmas collection are very good and balance out a classical and popular Christmas music collection nicely. Very accessible to someone who is not ordinarily a jazz fan. Sometimes the same old Christmas standards can fade out of our attention because of familiarity...but on the GRP collections, they get fresh new treatments and it makes you pay attention and hear new possibilities. Also, since most are instrumental, I play them in my office as background music. Many people visiting my office have been curious about the music, and want to get it. These collections are not easily available in retail stores, so send 'em to amazon dot com! (I do not get paid a commission for saying so!) Enjoy, hep cats!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Random Coolzip on October 23, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Hard to imagine this CD is more than ten years old. Thanks to modern technology you can't wear a CD out like a LP if you could I would be on third or fourth copy. The opening track of the Little Drummer Boy sets the tone perfect for the album. Followed by Tom Scotts version of Merry Little Christmas which has become a staple of every department store in the country. I had never heard of Diane Schurr until I heard her sing the Christmas Song and have loved her voice since. The rest of the CD is pure christmas listening joy, by far the best of the three GRP Christmas albums.
A shame this is out of stock as of this writing but hopefully it will be back in production from GRP. Hey maybe we'll get a GRP Christmas Collection 4? One can only hope!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By STEPHON COOKE on December 10, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I OWN THIS CHRISTMAS CD FOR A LONG TIME AND LOST IT. BUT BY FAR THIS IS THE BEST CHRISTMAS CD EVER. THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY SOLD ME ON THIS CD WITH THE OTHER TWO GRP CHRISTMAS COLLECTION CD'S
YOU HAVE THE BEST CHRISTMAS MUSIC TO ENJOY FOR YEARS TO COME.
THANKS
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 23, 1998
Format: Audio CD
I had the cassete once, but I lost it somehow. I also have the other two volumes, but I think this first volume of GRP Christmas Collection is the best one among the three volumes. Dave Valentin's Santa Claus is coming to town is a nice one for Valentin's fans. BUY ONE!!! WOW, KEREEEN!!! (It's Indonesian expression for "COOL!!"
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In all honesty this is likely the first adult Christmas album I ever heard. And as the years (and now decades) have passed it's continued to impress me. Especially as I gain more knowledge of the different artists involved. Dave Grusin's GRP label was having a big golden age in the late 80's. But on the other hand Christmas is an extremely varied holiday if you understand it,made up of many different traditions actually. So it's actually very appropriate that this albums showcases a nice mixture of different artists playing different styles of jazz. Some is very electric,some very acoustic. Some poppier. Some more abstract. Some are instrumental and others have vocals. In the end it's a fifteen song collection from a fine artist roaster and even though it's by many different people it holds together as if it were a stand alone album rather than a compilation.

Daryl Stuermer starts it out with a lightly rhythmic take on "Little Drummer Boy" and Ton Scott continues on in the same fashion with "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas".Next are two numbers on the jazzier end. David Benoit takes on a mostly piano solo type take on "Carol Of The Bells" and Diane Schuur wraps her beautifully rangy pipes around "The Christmas Song". These are the most heavy in the acoustic jazz mode here along with Gary Burton's "Oh Tannenbaum" and Dave Grusin's own "Some Children See Him". Dave Valentin brings a great samba flavor to "Stanta Claus Is Coming To Town" and of course there's Yutaka's sweet version of "This Christmas". I heard this many many years before Donny Hathaway's soulful original. And both versions simply cannot be compared. Yutaka's basically coaxes while Donny's preached. But in the end,you might actually get a similar feeling really.
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Every holiday playlist needs as much variety as possible to keep it fresh, and this CD is the perfect choice to answer that need. Keyboards, reeds, guitar, and vocals all have their moments to shine in these selections, in a number of different rhythmic styles. The 15 tracks, totaling over 57 minutes, are performed by such a great assortment of artists that it would be hard to pick favorite tracks from this collection. However, I should give special mention to Dave Grusin's solo piano rendition of "Some Children See Him," the final track, that provides a warm and memorable closer for the album.
The arrangements are tasteful and the production superb. It's been nearly 20 years since this was recorded, and it still delivers a contemporary sound that will make you, your family, and your friends feel festive and hip at the same time.
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By *brittany on December 3, 2004
Format: Audio CD
this is definitely the best christmas cd my family owns. we listen to it maannny many times each christmas season and it is a staple in our stereos! it has become part of our family's tradition to listen to it as we decorate the tree!

the musicianship is just gorgeous and each song really displays the artist's fantastic talents. now that i am older, i can fully appreciate how wonderful the musicians on this disc are- each song is so complex and beautifully crafted and its great to listen to and find parts of each song that you might have missed in previous listens. as a musician myself, i admire these jazz virtuouso's and believe it is an amazing christmas cd to be owned by anyone who can appreciate true musicianship.
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