Jazz for Joy: A Verve Christmas Album

Performers Various Artists

Verve | August 9, 2000 | Compact Disc

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With a host of immensely talented performers and a boatload of wide-eyed Christmas cheer, this album will waft through your home throughout the holidays like the smell of turkey and fruitcake. A top-notch assembly of artists from the Verve label takes a jazzy approach to Christmas with scintillating versions of classics like "Winter Wonderland" and "Frosty the Snowman." The sultry voices of Shirley Horn, Betty Carter and Abbey Lincoln split the vocal duties, while a slew of soloists that includes guitarist Mark Whitfield, pianist Stephen Scott and trumpeter Roy Hargrove handle the instrumental tracks. Presenting a series of holiday standards as interpreted by the foremost players in contemporary jazz, Jazz for Joy: A Verve Christmas captures the spirit of the season.

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: August 9, 2000

Genre: Avant-Garde/Downtown

Style: Jazz

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1996

Label Name: Verve

UPC: 731453196025

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Jazz for Joy: A Verve Christmas Album

Jazz for Joy: A Verve Christmas Album

Performers Various Artists
Producer Don Sickler (Compilation)

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: August 9, 2000

Genre: Avant-Garde/Downtown

Style: Jazz

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1996

Label Name: Verve

UPC: 731453196025


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Title Track Time
1.The Christmas Song --
2.Frosty The Snowman --
3.Let It Snow --
4.Those Soulful Jingle Bells --
5.Christmas Cheer --
6.Santa Claus Is Coming To Town --
7.Double Decker (Deck The Halls) --
8.Winter Wonderland --
9.I'll Be Home For Christmas --
10.Home For The Holidays --
11.Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas --
12.This Christmas --
13.Rudolph The Red Nosed Raindeer --

Editorial Notes

Personnel: Abbey Lincoln, Shirley Horn, Betty Carter (vocals); Mark Whitfield (guitar); Ron Blake (tenor saxophone); Roy Hargrove (trumpet, flugelhorn); Roy Hargrive, Nicholas Payton (trumpet); Stephen Scott (piano); Christian McBride (hi-hat).
Audio Mixer: James Nichols.
Recording information: Clinton Recording (04/09/1996-04/23/1996).
Arranger: Don Sickler.
This is a well-rounded set of Christmas songs played by some of Verve's top artists. Shirley Horn, Betty Carter and Abbey Lincoln take two vocals apiece, and the seven instrumentals feature such major players as trumpeters Roy Hargrove and Nicholas Payton, bassist Christian McBride, guitarist Mark Whitfield (showcased on "Soulful Jingle Bells") and pianist Stephen Scott. There is enough variety throughout the date to hold one's interest, with the versions of "Frosty the Snowman," "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" and "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" being among the hotter interpretations. ~ Scott Yanow
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