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listen  1. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (Album Version)Ella Fitzgerald 2:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Merry Christmas BabyKenny Burrell 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Christmas EveBilly Eckstine 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Here Comes Santa ClausRamsey Lewis Trio 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!Joe Williams 4:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Greensleeves (Single Version)John Coltrane 3:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)Mel Tormé 2:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. 'Zat You, Santa Claus? (Single Version)Louis Armstrong & The Commanders 2:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Winter Wonderland (Album Version)Shirley Horn 4:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Santa Claus Is Coming To TownBill Evans 4:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Good Morning BluesCount Basie & His Orchestra 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Jingle BellsJimmy Smith 3:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Silent Night (Single Version)Dinah Washington 2:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. A Child Is BornOscar Peterson 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 23, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B000050J48
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,125 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Customer Reviews

Just the right amount of everything!
Pachamama
If you like Christmas music, as I do, and you love jazz, as I do, I think this is the CD to buy.
Eric C. Sedensky
Old favorites done in jazz style by some of the great jazz artists.
B. Lippincott

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104 of 104 people found the following review helpful By James Fenos on December 18, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I bought this cd last year and I love it!! This cd is a collection of classic performances by Verve's elite. The opening track is not Frank DeVol, who did indeed produce the track, it's Ella Fitzgerald. Another error found on this site is the artist listing for "The Christmas Song". It's Mel Torme's performance here. A couple of tracks reappear here, they were featured on Verve's release of "Have Yourself A Jazzy Little Christmas" probably repeated here because of artist merit and performance. One such noteable track is Oscar Peterson's moving rendition of "A Child Is Born."
Verve released a contemporary jazz Christmas album a few years ago and it featured such artists as Betty Carter and Shirley Horn. Shirley's performance of "Winter Wonderland" was lifted from that project and is here. The song is treated like any other Shirley would do, and the result is, well, seductive in an innocent way, the Shirley way. "'Zat You, Santa Claus" by Louis Armstrong has been featured on many budget Christmas releases, but the version here is so well restored it sounds like it was just recorded; the mastering of this disc as a whole is breathtaking. Jimmy Smith's "Jingle Bells" is pure camp, the song arranged as a Hammond b3 piece, "Silent Night" is made even more sacred by Dinah Washington's searing vocal.
This album is an excellent highlight of holiday performances by the living legends and those who have passed, of jazz and should not be overlooked by fans of the jazz genre and Christmas music.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Eric C. Sedensky TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 1, 2008
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If you like Christmas music, as I do, and you love jazz, as I do, I think this is the CD to buy. First of all, you have a great selection of standard, mostly secular Christmas songs: Rudolph, Here Comes Santa Claus, Jingle Bells, etc. But what really makes this CD for me is the line-up of jazz superstars. Louis Armstrong does his classic, 'Zat You, Santa Claus, Ella on Rudolph, Bill Evans on Santa Claus is Coming to Town, and Oscar Peterson doing a wonderful version of Thad Jones' (not strictly a Christmas song) A Child is Born. You even have Mel Torme singing The Christmas Song, which he co-wrote and which was made famous by Nat King Cole. I'll leave it to the reader/potential buyer to look up what else you will get. Suffice to say, this is a wonderful selection of Christmas songs, jazzy as jazz gets, very approachable for jazz aficionados and those "not-so-much", and every one of these songs can brighten up any Christmas party play list. I highly recommend this CD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pat on March 17, 2014
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I cried it was so nice! This CD made my Christmas filled with great family memories. All of the songs chosen where the "Standards"... very classy.
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Someone on this feedback list called Billy Eckstine "a clown" because the commenter didn't know who Billy Eckstine was??? Only one of the most accomplished, elegant, and intelligent jazz artists of all time!!! He was lauded as one of the very best by Duke Ellington, Quincy Jones, Sammy Davis, and Lionel Hampton. Just because you don't know an artist doesn't mean they're not great, or that they're not looked up to & universally admired by those more famous. Buy one of his cds and learn, you won't regret the purchase.
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I love the choices they made in compiling this best of Verve CD. I especially like the Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald songs. Fun for a party or listening alone.
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By Nicole on December 17, 2013
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Great jazz Christmas CD! A wonderful complication of jazz artists. Can be played during a holiday party or while driving during the holiday season!
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There are few surprises in this collection of Christmas songs by well known jazz artists. Most of the recordings were made during the 1950s and 1960s, and half the tracks feature familiar vocal renditions. An enjoyable compilation for the Christmas festive season, but would benefit from more modern and interesting arrangements.
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Excellent, perfectly balanced and curated collection of tracks. Just the right amount of everything! My favorite Christmas CD purchase this year. A keeper and a classic, a must for every collection, jazz, Christmas or otherwise.
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