most of the stuff i have/know of has vocals on it...
we had an interesting thread here on xmas/holiday jazz:
Does anyone know of any good instrumental jazz Christmas CDs?
Ramsey Lewis - Sound of Christmas
Duke Pearson - Merry Ole Soul
Stan Kenton - A Merry Christmas
Vince Guaraldi - Charlie Brown Christmas (there are vocals on 2-3 tracks, but it's mostly an instrumental album)
Chet Baker - Silent Nights
Oscar Peterson - An Oscar Peterson Christmas (pretty sure there aren't any vocals on this one)
My favoirte is a disc I reviewed amost 10 years ago. It's by a group from the Portland, OR area, Tall Jazz. The disc in question is their 1st Winter Jazz title, with singer Rebecca Kilgore. The group is a trio (vibes, bass and drums); there are guests playing other instruments on this album. They've done other Christmas albums since then, but none of them grabbed me like the very 1st one.
Cadence stocks it, in case you're interested. (www.cadencebuilding.com)
The Jazz for Joy cd has a killer version of Frosty the Snowman by Roy Hargrove. I don't know about the rest of the cd but with people like Betty Carter, Nicholas Payton and Roy Hargrove, how can you go wrong?
Art Hodes--"Joy to the Jazz World" solo piano. Lp only I believe, but an absolutely terrific recording. My wife, who used to own a bookstore, played a tape of it at Christmastime, to an outstandingly positive response from her customers. Great record.
I have Jingle Jazz which has the best Silent Night I have ever heard
You might try "It's Christmas" by Jazz Spectrum, released July, 2004. Although Jazz Spectrum is a vocal quartet (SATB), I view them as a sax section with words! Arrangements are all original, somewhat unique and fun to hear. I know, I did them!!! The quartet is back by their normal rhythm section with sax, plus 8 additional "guest artists" including a full sax and trumpet section. Sound clips can be heard at www.cdbaby.com/jazzspectrum
I already posted this on another thread, but wanted to post it here too.
I have 2 fun instrumental Christmas CDs on my label - Smooth Jazz and Traditional Jazz.
You can read all about it and hear clips at www.ChristmasCDs.net.
Greg Vail SAXBOY
This is probably a bit late. But an excellent straight-ahead instrumental Christmas jazz album is:
I have this on a cheap-label CD, but it seems only to be available now as a download.
1. Angels We Have Heard On High
2. Away In A Manger
3. Deck The Halls
4. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
5. Hark The Herald Angels Sing
6. Holly and the Ivy
7. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
8. O Christmas Tree
9. O Come All Ye Faithful
10. O Holy Night
11. Sleigh Ride
12. The Christmas Song
13. The First Noel
Andy Suzuki - reeds / arranger
Brad Allison - trumpet
Gary Shutes - trombone
Tom Collier - vibes
Nick Manson - piano
Douglas Barnet - bass
Mark Ivester - drums
Wow! a left-handed Tenor Sax -- Must be made by the same company that did Gerry Mulligan's left-handed Bari, that featured on the Mosaic set
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I'm a sax player myself, and didn't notice that!
Despite the excellent music, this has to be one of the laziest CD covers ever!
I spotted this recently. http://www.jazzchristmas.co.uk
Quite mellow, with a few unusual arrangements of those old christmas carols. Would probably suit a casual listener of jazz.
Dear Aopen Fors,
THE BEST INSTRUMENTAL JAZZ CHRISTMAS ALBUM OF ALL TIME HAS TO BE "SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS," BY THE RAMSEY LEWIS TRIO. IT'S AN INSTANT CLASSIC-- BELIEVE ME ON THIS, I OWN EVERY CHRISTMAS ALBUM ON EARTH!!! It's an older recording, however, so be persistent in your search,
but I believe that itunes might have it online. Let me know what you think.
P.S.-- My favorite all time jazz VOCAL at Christmastime has to be, "The Christmas Song," by the inimitable Carmen McRae.
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