Oscar Peterson and his six-piece combo are all business on Peterson's 1995 Christmas recording, extolling the virtues of Peterson's intelligent and seductive keyboard work as well as those of his knowing sidemen. The result is a triumphant set of 14 standards showcasing the group's intricate interplay and tasty individual solos.
Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson.
An Oscar Peterson Christmas is a 1995 album by Oscar Peterson. On the Ontario Parliament Network at Christmas time, this is one of the albums played. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" (Traditional) – 3:24. What Child Is This?" (William Chatterton Dix, Traditional) – 4:47. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" (Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne) – 3:39. White Christmas" (Irving Berlin) – 3:48. Jingle Bells" (James Pierpont) – 3:12.
Oscar Peterson takes it easy during his relaxed set. He had not completely recovered from his stroke but he was still an impressive pianist. Peterson, who is assisted by guitarist Lorne Lofsky, bassist David Young, and drummer Jerry Fuller, is joined by a 20-piece string section arranged and conducted by Rick Wilkins.
Oscar Emmanuel Peterson, CC CQ OOnt (August 15, 1925 – December 23, 2007) was a Canadian jazz pianist and composer. He was called the "Maharaja of the keyboard" by Duke Ellington, but simply ". He released over 200 recordings, won eight Grammy Awards, and received numerous other awards and honours. He is considered one of the greatest jazz pianists, and played thousands of concerts worldwide in a career lasting more than 60 years.
Like a delicious holiday turkey, An Oscar Peterson Christmas is nothing fancy, but easy to digest and something to look forward to every year. The legendary Canadian pianist works his way through fourteen Christmas standards with a quartet featuring Lorne Lofsky on guitar, Dave Young on bass and Jerry Fuller on drums. Guesting on a couple of tracks each are Dave Samuels on vibraphone and Jack Schantz on flugelhorn. While Peterson and the band sound like they’re having a ball throughout most of the album, the moments of levity are broken up by flashes of seriousness. A leisurely tempo is adopted for the Sinatra chestnut The Christmas Waltz, as well as White Christmas and this choice results in two moving ballad performances. For many of the album’s traditional carols, Peterson just concentrates on melody and forgoes any improvising.
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|1||God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Written-By – Traditional
|2||What Child Is This?
Written-By – Traditional
|3||Let It Snow
Vibraphone – Dave SamuelsWritten-By – Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn
Vibraphone – Dave SamuelsWritten-By – Irving Berlin
Flugelhorn – Jack SchantzWritten-By – J. S. Pierpont*
|6||I'll Be Home For Christmas
Flugelhorn – Jack SchantzWritten-By – Buck Ram, Kim Gannon, Walter Kent
|7||Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Vibraphone – Dave SamuelsWritten-By – Haven Gillespie, J. Fred Coots
|8||O Little Town Of Bethlehem
Written-By – Lewis H. Redner*, Phillips Brooks
Written-By – Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn
|10||Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Vibraphone – Dave SamuelsWritten-By – Hugh Martin, Ralph Blane
Written-By – Franz Gruber, Joseph Mohr
Vibraphone – Dave SamuelsWritten-By – Richard B. Smith*, Felix Bernard
|13||Away In A Manger
Flugelhorn – Jack SchantzWritten-By – James Ramsey Murray*
|14||O Christmas Tree
Written-By – Traditional
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- Bass – David Young*
- Conductor [String Ensemble] – Rick Wilkins
- Drums – Jerry Fuller
- Edited By – James Bonney
- Engineer [Recording] – Jack Renner
- Flugelhorn – Jack Schantz
- Guitar – Lorne Lofsky
- Liner Notes – Alyn Shipton
- Mixed By – Michael Bishop
- Mixed By [Assistant] – Dan Bays, David Merrill, John "Wheels" Hurlbut*, Scott Burgess
- Piano – Oscar Peterson
- Producer – Elaine Martone, Robert Woods
- Vibraphone – Dave Samuels
NotesRecorded in Manta/Eastern Studio A, Toronto, Canada, January 15-16, May 23-24, June 23 and July 30, 1995. Additional recording at Master Sound Astoria, Astoria, New York and Commercial Recording Studios, Cleveland, Ohio.
Mfd. for BMG Direct Marketing, Inc. under License from Telarc International Corporation.
|CD-83372||Oscar Peterson||An Oscar Peterson Christmas (CD, Album)||Telarc||CD-83372||US||1995|
|JPCD UL 98559||Oscar Peterson||An Oscar Peterson Christmas (CD, Album, Unofficial)||ООО "ДОРА"||JPCD UL 98559||Russia||1995|
|TEL-36019-01||Oscar Peterson||An Oscar Peterson Christmas (LP)||Telarc||TEL-36019-01||US||2014|
|CS-33372||Oscar Peterson||An Oscar Peterson Christmas (Cass, Album, Dol)||Telarc Jazz||CS-33372||US||1995|
|CD-83372||Oscar Peterson||An Oscar Peterson Christmas (CD, Album, Club)||Telarc||CD-83372||Canada||1995|