Various Artists

A Concord Jazz Christmas, Vol. 2

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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

With the exception of a live version of Mel Torme singing "The Christmas Song" in 1988, all of the selections on this Christmas CD were recorded by various Concord artists from 1995-96. There is plenty of variety in both instrumentation and moods, yet the overall results are consistently pleasing, and there is lots of fine playing. Heard here are trumpeter Maynard Ferguson (performing a six-song "Christmas Medley"), singer Dennis Rowland, tenorman Rickey Woodard (romping through "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"), flutist Ali Ryerson, vocalist Marlena Shaw, guitarist Jeff Linsky, organist Jack McDuff, pianist Gerry Wiggins, singer Mary Stallings, altoist Jesse Davis, guitarist Carlos Barbosa-Lima, trumpeter Randy Sandke ("It Came Upon a Midnight Clear"), pianist Manfredo Fest, Nnenna Freelon (singing a couple of spirituals), pianist Sergio Salvatore, Chris Potter (taking "O Come All Ye Faithful" as an unaccompanied tenor solo), and Torme.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Maynard Ferguson & Big Bop Nouveau 06:29 Amazon
2 Dennis Rowland 03:36 SpotifyAmazon
3 Rickey Woodard 04:30
4 Ali Ryerson 05:26 Amazon
5 Marlena Shaw 04:17 SpotifyAmazon
6 Jeff Linsky 03:57 Amazon
7 Jack McDuff 03:46 Amazon
8 Gerald Wiggins 04:01 Amazon
9 Mary Stallings 03:42 SpotifyAmazon
10 Jesse Davis 06:25 Amazon
11 Carlos Barbosa-Lima 02:15 Amazon
12 Randy Sandke 03:11 Amazon
13 Manfredo Fest 04:05
14 Nnenna Freelon 05:05
15 Sergio Salvatore 04:02 Amazon
16 Chris Potter 03:00 Amazon
17 Mel Tormé 03:02 SpotifyAmazon
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