Sunday, December 13, 2015

25 Holiday Records: 15: An Oscar Peterson Christmas

We're counting down to Christmas Day with a list of 25 records we have in the shop at Royal Cat Records! Why? Because vinyl rules!

Our next record is a relatively recent entry into the Xmas record sweepstakes by a giant of music!


An Oscar Peterson Christmas
by Oscar Peterson (and friends)
Telarc ‎– TEL-36019-01
180g vinyl

We've had some great jazz piano on this list already, including records by Vince Gualardi and Dave Brubeck. An Oscar Peterson Christmas gives those guys a run for their money, as befits a legendary talent. Peterson recorded this album in 1995, at the beginning of his last decade as a performer, and he is at the top of his powers here, playing with an ease and gracefulness and generosity alongside a jumping band of seasoned sidemen. Rolling Stone ranked this a #37 on its "Essential Christmas Albums" list. This is one of the few records played in the Canadian Parliament Buildings at this time of year! It swings lightly and is highly recommended.

Track List

Side A:

1. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
2. What Child Is This?
3. Let It Snow
4. White Christmas
5. Jingle Bells

Side B:
1. I'll Be Home For Christmas
2. Christmas Waltz
3. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
4. Winter Wonderland
5. O Christmas Tree

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