Titles: "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!," Chris Botti; "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," Tony Bennett; "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer," Tuck Andress; "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," Wynton Marsalis; "Sugar Rum Cherry (Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy)," Duke Ellington and his orchestra; "O Come All Ye Faithful," Terence Blanchard; "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," Grover Washington; "I'll Be Home for Christmas," Steve Tyrell; "Snowfall," Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Orchestra; "Deck the Halls," Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea; "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," Dexter Gordon Quartet; "O Christmas Tree," Russell Malone; "Winter Weather," Peggy Lee with Benny Goodman; "Shake Hands with Santa Claus," Louis Prima; "Santa Baby," Eartha Kitt; "Winter Wonderland," Louis Armstrong
Take a dash of Dex, a smidgen of Satchmo, a spoonful of Duke, toss in some Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock, and you have a winning recipe for the holidays. This compilation by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and Sony BMG is a thoughtful and very well rounded collection of holiday music that provides a perfect blend of classic, vocal, and modern holiday Jazz and is sure to please even the most discerning Jazz lover.
Jazz for the Holidays is part of a three-disc set that also includes Traditional Songs for the Holidays and Classical Favorites for the Holidays. Each CD is available individually and as part of a deluxe box set.
By Linda Goshay