Christmas songs #1: MJQ, England’s Carol

December 16, 2012 at 1:50 am (Christmas, Jim D, music)

Once again we begin that long-established Shiraz Yuletide tradition: Christmas songs that are worth listening to in their own right, regardless of the season.

To start with, the Modern Jazz Quartet (Milt Jackson vibes, John Lewis piano, Percy Heath bass, Connie Kay drums) plus orchestra, with ‘England’s Carol’ (aka ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’):

Readers are invited to propose other examples of good Christmas numbers.

(Thanks to Don Pruitt for reminding me of this)

3 Comments

  1. Matt said,

    Charles Brown, Merry Christmas Baby: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMfGPZI59Zw

  2. Roger McCarthy (@RF_McCarthy) said,

    For me it has to be Have Yourself a Merry Little Xmas – can’t hear this without thinking of those smoky crowded cinemas and mess halls or whatever it was first shown in over 1943-4 and how many thousands of those who saw it then never did come back.

    Diana Krall, Elvis Costello and Stephen Colbert also did it very nicely last week:

    http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/422047/december-10-2012/sign-off—diana-krall—-have-yourself-a-merry-little-christmas-

  3. Monsuer Jelly More Bounce to the Ounce (Much More Bounce) said,

    owe uS a Living by Crass. best ever

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