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Various Artists - A Jazz Piano Christmas from NPR (2000)

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Various Artists - A Jazz Piano Christmas from NPR (2000)
Artist: Various Artists
Title Of Album: A Jazz Piano Christmas from NPR
Year Of Release: 2000
Label(Catalog#): NPR Classics[NPR CD 0013]
Genre: Jazz, Christmas
Quality: FLAC (tracks + .cue,log)
Time: 66:57
Full Size: 281 MB(+3%)


1.Dick Hyman - Deck The Halls 3:52
2.Renee Rosnes - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town 3:57
3.Mulgrew Miller - Away In The Manger 4:37
4.Jacky Terrasson - Rudolf The Red-Nosed Reindeer 2:47
5.Benny Green - What Child Is This? 4:15
6.Junior Mance - O Christmas Tree 3:19
7.Ramsey Lewis - Go Tell It On The Mountain 3:23
8.John Lewis - England's Carol 4:21
9.Carla Bley - Jingle Bells "Soca" 3:02
10.Cedar Walton - It Came Upon A Midnight Clear 3:44
11.Danilo Perez - The Christmas Song 5:04
12.Cyrus Chestnut - O Come All Ye Faithful 4:27
13.Joanne Brackeen - O Little Town Of Bethlehem 4:03
14.Ellis Marsalis - Christmas Time Is Here 4:41
15.Loston Harris II - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas 4:14
16.Tommy Flanagan - White Christmas 3:12
17.Michel Camilo - Feliz Navidad 3:59

In December 1991, National Public Radio began airing an annual Christmas special called A Jazz Piano Christmas, which obviously consisted of a dozen or solo piano solos by a wide swath of pianists, all of whom were recorded specifically for the program. By 2000, NPR had quite a stockpile of individual tracks, and selected 17 of them for this holiday compilation. It was sold directly through the network and likely offered as a membership premium by some of their member stations. There's a mix of centuries-old carols, 20th century gems, and even a fine performance by Michel Camilo of Jose Feliciano's normally tiresome "Feliz Navidad." What's particularly fun about this CD is trying to identify each artist without looking at the booklet. Dick Hyman's striding "Deck the Halls," complete with references to Fats Waller, is pretty easy. But Mulgrew Miller's dreamy "Away in a Manger" may surprise even his longtime fans. Jacky Terrason has a lot of fun with "Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer," hand-muting some of the strings during the introduction, then switching to a Thelonious Monk-flavored attack. Carla Bley gives "Jingle Bells" a reggae rhythm, while Cyrus Chestnut's lively rendition of "O Come All Ye Faithful" will turn a few heads. This delightful CD will age like fine wine as jazz fans return to it each Christmas season.~ Ken Dryden

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