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Christmas Songs

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Christmas Songs by Eddie Higgins

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Let It Snow Let It Snow Let It Snow
  2. Christmas Song
  3. I'll Be Home For Christmas
  4. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  5. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
  6. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
  7. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  8. The Christmas Waltz
  9. White Christmas
  10. Winter Wonderland
  11. Deck The Hall With Boughs Of Holly
  12. Sleight Ride


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 16, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SSC
  • Run Time: 53 minutes
  • ASIN: B000ALZHRA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,726 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Christmas is over, but I just have to review this remarkable CD before I forget. I love jazz, and despite a plethora of Christmas jazz CD's on the market, most are not good. I bought this CD after reading a review on Amazon (thanks everyone!) and was absolutely thrilled with it. My husband and I are both musicians and were blown away, especially by "Sleigh Ride" - excellent piano playing. This CD is warm, enjoyable, lively, smooth...it's a delight. I cannot recommend it highly enough. This album ranks up there with Oscar Peterson's Christmas, and Vince Guaraldi's Christmas; high praise indeed.
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This is only the second product review I have ever written, and it is the consistent quality of this CD that prompts me to write an enthusiastic endorsement. While the music is not groundbreaking in the least, it is a most solid and satisfying set of traditional Christmas tunes, the lion's share of which are secular. I am very much a Jazz Guy, and my tastes gravitate towards the straight-ahead jazz camp, with the piano trio as featured here being perhaps my favorite jazz ensemble. This CD falls squarely in that straight-ahead camp, without being the least bit square. On each tune, you will hear the melody clearly and simply stated, followed by an improvisational interlude, then back he goes to the melody to close out. Though it sounds formulaic and predictable, it most certainly is not, predictability being the mark of most inferior jazz. And I would agree that this is a CD that could be thoroughly enjoyed by someone who claims to hate jazz; the straight-ahead jazz fan will be ecstatic with it!! I am a last-minute Christmas shopper, with Christmas Eve day being my favorite shopping day. That shopping pattern makes me feel pretty under-the-gun, once my shopping mojo kicks in. If I were at Nordstrom, Christmas Eve day, focused and in my shopping groove/crunch mode, and I heard Eddie Higgins (may he rest in peace) playing Christmas tunes on the Nordstrom grand piano, I would stop and listen for an hour or so, this versus the tune-and-a-half listen I would typically give a lesser player. This may sound like faint praise, but it does accurately reflect my feelings about and affection for this CD. I am stingy with stars, so that fifth star is hard to pry out of me -- well deserved here, however, and, again, I do endorse this CD without reservation -- great Christmas music, from the first note to the last! Excellent support/work from Jay Leonhart on bass and Joe Ascione on drums, as well. Terrific!!
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If you like jazz trios, or even if you don't like jazz trios, this is a really nice Christmas CD! While I change out CDs frequently, this CD stays in my CD changer the entire month of December. Great for dinner, talking with friends, decorating the tree, sitting by the fireplace, etc. To show you how much I enjoy it, I just purchased "Christmas Songs II" by the same trio, which is an import only, Korean Exclusive. I cannot recommend this CD enough.
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I play classical guitar (not professionally though) - and have collected probably over a hundred versions of Christmas songs played on all forms of classical and other guitar. I discovered this album on Pandora's jazz Christmas premade station. Amazon's MP3 download price and cloud player was too good to pass up so I downloaded this and the Beegie Adair Album that is similar to this album (and which I also give 5 stars).

There is no singing (I prefer this most of the time) on this album. Every single song here is immaculately played and improvised - it is not smooth jazz (which mostly bores me) and it is not bop-jazz either. There is enough variation and improvisation to keep a song interesting.

The highlight here in my view is Winter Wonderland. If you listen to that and are not clicking your fingers, tapping your toes or moving somehow, you are basically dead. In fact, every tune goes from a traditional Christmas theme, to an almost get out of your chair and dance jazz movement.

This is vastly superior to the mall or Nordstrom pianist - I have heard plently of those mostly forgettable versions. This can be played over and over, not a problem.

The perfect music for a classy holiday party, relaxation, or when you turn off the TV and sit down to eat at Christmas and give thanks for all that you have in the holidays.
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Heard a song on Pandora from this group, liked it, so bought the CD. Even on the best of CDs there is usually a song I don't like so will skip over it if I am in the room. I liked these all. The only reason I gave it a 4 instead of a 5 is because of the occasional extra flourishes on the piano.
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Great CD by the Eddie Higgins trio. Don't wait 'til Christmas time to listen to superb arrangements of some of your favorite holiday tunes. I bought the CD after listening to Sleigh Ride on a local jazz station. Wonderful! Makes a wonderful gift!
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Just purchased this CD along with An Oscar Peterson Christmas CD. I give both of them five stars and would give them both 10 if it went up that high. Absolutely LOVE this Eddie Higgins Trio Christmas CD and will count it as one of my MOST FAVORITE Christmas CDs. Lush & joyful & peaceful & just simply divine. I play it every morning as I am getting ready to go to work, and every evening as I'm settling in after a long day. Purchase several ~ one to keep and others to give as gifts.
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