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David Ian: Vintage Christmas

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David Ian Vintage Christmas breathes new life into a set of familiar Christmas classics in relaxed, swinging arrangements that capture the spirit of the season and the spirit of jazz. In this beguiling blend of instrumental and vocal versions, the mood is intimate, the vibe is mellow, the sound warm and inviting.

While dozens of Christmas albums are released each year, the most evocative ones are often those made by jazz musicians. This should come as no surprise, since the emotional primacy in the best jazz music echoes the spirituality inherent in the best Christmas songs. Jazz and Yuletide music have a long and complementary history, from Chet Baker's Have Yourself a Jazzy Little Christmas to Vince Guaraldi's A Charlie Brown Christmas to Wynton Marsalis' Crescent City Christmas Card.

Taking proud place in this music lineage is David Ian Vintage Christmas, which breathes new life into a set of familiar Christmas classics in relaxed, swinging arrangements that capture the spirit of the season while respecting the sanctity of the material. Rather than burying the songs under a wall of sound, Ian has opted for a small jazz combo that places the accent firmly on their melodic and lyrical content.

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If a laid-back Christmas record is your cup of spiced rum, this one is for you. This is music that doesn't fight for attention, though, so you have to be prepared to sit down and tune in to really grasp the nuances of what Ian and Co. are up to. There's not an overwhelming track in the batch.


That's not to say that the small jazz trio doesn't swing its stockings off, mind you. Tracks like 'Christmas Time with You' pack delicate bounce, remaining simple arrangements of the classics. Ian doesn't reinvent the wheel, opting to play for warmth rather than innovation.


Sophistication reigns on a song like 'Santa Claus is Coming to Town.' Ian dresses the classic down to its most basic elements, providing simple piano to go with Fitch's barely-there brushes.


From a rock guitarist prone to leap off amps in concert to one of the most understated, soft Christmas albums in recent memory, David Ian has been on a hell of a trip. This record packs the festive spirit, sure, but it's the slow, warm glow that really sinks in. --BlogCritics.org, Jordan Richardson, November

"Pianist David Ian very carefully puts together a holiday recording that could have arisen from a single-malt scotch opened up with a splash of water and seasoned with the smoke from an unfiltered Chesterfield. So potent is Ian's grasp of the late '50s, early '60s shtick, the listen may look for the Rat Pack appear." --All About Jazz, Michael Bailey, December 2014
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 8, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Prescott Records
  • ASIN: B005NBKI4E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,439 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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These performers successfully bring the cool cat jazz genre and meld it to Christmas music. Perfect for a rainy day, a dinner, or sitting in front of a fireplace with your beverage of choice. This album will definitely be a part of my holiday playlist!
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I stumbled across this last year and it was probably the most listened to Christmas album of the season. Great arrangements and smooth vocals - it's an instant classic! I found myself listening to it a couple of months ago because it is just that good.
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I purchased this at the end of the season last year because of recommended reviews, opened it for this Christmas and we love it! Easy to listen to, some tradition with interesting changes, mellow, romantic, jazzy. Not just the same thing you've always heard (which also has its place) My daughter loves it too. I find I want to listen to it over again especially when I hear my husband singing something from it.
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A friend recommended this album, and I'm glad I bought it. It's really relaxing and understated, which is a nice break after a lot of in-your-face holiday music. I like that it's jazzy and slow and perfect for playing at a Christmas party when you want something more subdued. I recommend it. :)
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I heard about this cd on NPR and decided to check it out for myself. My only regret is that I wish I had taken more time to fit it into my habitually frantic holiday season, perhaps it would have been a little less frantic. A wonderful listening experience.
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I discovered this album last Christmas and it instantly became my favorite holiday album. I love the swingy jazz arrangements of these classic holiday favorites. It's the perfect music to unwind the frenetic pace of holiday shopping and preparation. A must own!
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This is a great Christmas cd. It is very mellow-it makes you want to sit with a glass of Scotch and relax. It's a great way to mellow out a sometimes frantic season. The music is lovely and the vocals are great. I especially like the scratchy male vocals-just right.
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This album is on repeat the whole Christmas season! It is so cool and relaxed without losing any of the holiday cheer from reworking classics. I listen to it all day while I'm working but it's also perfectly suited for a chill Christmas party as well. Great, great album I will listen to every single Christmas.
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