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Verve Presents: Very Best of Christmas Jazz

Verve Presents Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
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)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: Umvd Labels
  • ASIN: B000050J48
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,371 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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101 of 101 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm The First?? 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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5.0 out of 5 stars There can be no Christmas without jazz music 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars July 7, 2014
By Bones
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I was tired of the same old Christmas Carols and this fits the bill
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW March 17, 2014
By Pat
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas music that won't make you cringe. January 29, 2014
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This is a great compilation of "Holiday" music performed by artists from the Verve jazz catalog greats of the 1960s.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Collection of Christmas Jazz January 8, 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Jazz Christmas CD! December 17, 2013
By Nicole
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Merry Jazzy Christmas February 10, 2013
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I really enjoyed the selections on this CD. Many favorites by different artists. If you like jazz you'll enjoy this CD.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Clowns and Cheese
Billy Eckstine..Bill Evans..The Commanders..and some of the others on this CD: WHO ARE THESE CLOWNS?? Read more
Published 5 months ago by Randal M. Pierce
4.0 out of 5 stars classic jazz
My son wanted jazz Christmas music, so I found this album by various classic jazz artists. I like the variety.
Published 11 months ago by bb
5.0 out of 5 stars Jazzy Christmas...
I'm enjoying having me a very merry jazzy Christmas!!! If you like jazz, you'll like this Christmas CD!!! Read more
Published 22 months ago by Marsha Queen of Amazon
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good
If you love Jazz and instrumental Jazz then this is the CD for you! I prefer to have lyrics with each song. It still has really good classics!
Published 23 months ago by Bebrie
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great...
I am a big fan of most everyone on the roster (ergo this particular choice), but sometimes the production values were a little lacking (strange or improper mic placement, out of... Read more
Published on January 8, 2011 by hihornjazz
4.0 out of 5 stars Verve Christmas Jazz
This is simply a collection of old Verve Christmas recordings. They have been enhanced from a sound standpoint and present a unique groupoing of Christmas jazz.
Published on January 9, 2010 by N. Herzog
4.0 out of 5 stars Verve Jazz Christmas
I recommend this to anyone that likes smooth jazz and wants mood music for Christmas gatherings. Combine this with other smooth jazz Christmas recordings and let them shuffle on... Read more
Published on December 1, 2008 by Cambeul
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