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Christmas Jazz we would like to see/hear

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One can question the wisdom of jazz artists releasing Christmas product, but most musicians do play Christmas music--and there have been some good records over the years.  

But my question is this:  Which artists would you most like to see release full Christmas records?

Here are my choices:

  • John McLaughlin
  • Chick Corea 
  • Keith Jarrett

  I've never heard Jarrett do even one Christmas song.  Some probably believe he's too much of a Scrooge!

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I would have like to have heard Ornette do a Christmas record. Seriously.

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I'd like to hear Evan Parker doing 'Angels from the Realms of Glory' with circular breathing on the 'Glo_ow_ow_ree_aaah_aaah_aah...' bit.  

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Peter Brotzmann machine gunning the hell out of Winter Wonderland.

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I always thought the classic Coltrane Quartet would do a bang-up version of "We Three Kings."

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Grant Green

Albert Ayler

any old school clarinet player

and Ike Q

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Cal Tjader should have made a Christmas album ...

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John Zorn & Charles Gayle, together.

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Hearing Paul Shaffer on the Bill Murray Christmas special made me want for an album of something similar. 

Edited by .:.impossible

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I would also like to hear Bill Frisell do Christmas songs.

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Unfortunately, Hal Russell's NRG Ensemble never made a Christmas album. But the NRG players plus some fellow Chicagoans formed Witches And Devils to do Christmas concerts. The next is next Sunday, it's called Mars Williams Presents An Ayler Christmas. Imagine the maniacal Gene Ammons-Tom Archia "Swingin for Christmas" turned even wilder and faster. Wish they'd make an album of it.

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12 hours ago, Milestones said:

I've never heard Jarrett do even one Christmas song. 

Actually, every record Jarrett makes is a Christmas record.  He is the bleating goat in the manger.  

Edited by Teasing

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4 hours ago, johnblitweiler said:

Unfortunately, Hal Russell's NRG Ensemble never made a Christmas album. But the NRG players plus some fellow Chicagoans formed Witches And Devils to do Christmas concerts. The next is next Sunday, it's called Mars Williams Presents An Ayler Christmas. Imagine the maniacal Gene Ammons-Tom Archia "Swingin for Christmas" turned even wilder and faster. Wish they'd make an album of it.

I saw that Mars posted this on Instagram today. I wish I could attend.

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3 hours ago, Teasing said:

Actually, every record Jarrett makes is a Christmas record.  He is the bleating goat in the manger.  

I figured him more for the postpartum virgin, but this works too.

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Peter Brotzmann doing 'Away in a Manger' or 'Little Donkey'

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Among musicians who I wish had recorded a Christmas album:

Earl Hines

Johnny Hodges

Ruby Braff

Wes Montgomery

Sarah Vaughan

George Adams & Don Pullen

Louis Prima & Keely Smith

Coleman Hawkins

Stan Getz

Paul Desmond

Jaki Byard

The MJQ

Slim Gaillard

Eddie Condon & Co. (Pee Wee Russell, Bud Freeman, George Wettling, etc.)

Gene Harris

1960's era Ahmad Jamal

1950's and 1990's era Sonny Rollins

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5 hours ago, duaneiac said:

1950's and 1990's era Sonny Rollins

the 1960s gave us this marvel, albeit belatedly.

 

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Some of the musicians I listed did record a track or two of holiday related music, but I would have loved to have heard them interpret a whole album's worth of such material.

A few more to add to my list:

The original Benny Goodman Trio & Quartet

Johnny Hartman

Carmen McRae

Red Garland

Hank Jones & Charlie Haden

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A friend suggested these non-existent Cecil Taylor Christmas albums:

Santa Structures

The Great North Pole Concert

Air Above Chimneys.

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I always wanted Sonny Criss to make an LP called

'A Sunny Criss-mas'

With sleeve with a photo of him sweltering on Bondi Beach eating turkey and wearing a Christmas paper hat.

The music would have been pretty good, too :g

MG

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Charles Mingus - "Better Git It in Your Stocking"

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Stockings?

 

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Some good ones there - I like " Hark, the Herald Angels Sing, Sing, Sing”.

What long list! Presumably compiled by a very bored elf in the post Xmas period before toy making recommenced. 

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