We Free Kings - Christmas Jazz 1945-1963

Various Artists

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Christmas, Jazz
Contrast Records
December 1, 2017

Format: Compact Disc



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A painstakingly assembled set of classic Christmas-themed jazz performances, this spectrum-spanning set goes from straight ahead and modern into hard bop some appearing on CD for the very first time, all of it breathtaking in its impeccable execution and communicative beauty. Populated by a whos who of mid-century masters, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Roland Kirk, familiar holiday fare is re-introduced and re-defined into dazzling new artistic contours that reflect a spontaneously crafted musical expression which elevates each track here. This is Christmas at its coolest, deep and crisp and even, and whether its Dave Brubecks well-chilled, kicked back Santa Claus is Coming to Town or Miles Davis and Bob Doroughs magnificently skewed meditation Blue Christmas (To Whom It May Concern), its pure comfort and joy from start to finish.

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Key Value
Catalogue number CDCNTRST1226
Barcode 0639857122629
Number of items 1
Packaging type Jewel Case
Imported No
Weight 88g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 142mm x 10mm x 125mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. White Christmas (live) – Charlie Parker Quintet -
2. Sleigh Ride - Herb Geller Quartet -
3. Winter Wonderland - Chet Baker Quartet -
4. The Christmas Song - Charlie Ferguson Orch. W: Mello-Moods -
5. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Paul Bley Trio -
6. Greensleeves - Coleman Hawkins -
7. We Free Kings - Roland Kirk Quartet -
8. Winter Wonderland - Red Garland Trio -
9. Greensleeves - John Coltrane -
10. The Christmas Song - Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis -
11. Here Comes Santa Claus - Ramsey Lewis Trio -
12. Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town - Dave Brubeck Quartet -
13. Jingle Bells - Duke Ellington -
14. Greensleeves - Bill Smith Quartet -
15. White Christmas - Lionel Hampton -
16. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis -
17. Blue Christmas (To Whom It May Concern) - Miles Davis -
18. Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer - Pony Poindexter -
19. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Bill Evans -