Various Artists

Contemporary Jazz Christmas

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This Christmas collection is a sampler featuring various GRP artists playing Yuletide favorites. Although associated with so-called contemporary jazz, most of the interpretations by the musicians are either straight-ahead or lightly funky. Heard from on the CD are George Howard, B.B. King ("Merry Christmas Baby"), Tom Scott, Phil Perry, Chick Corea's Elektric Band ("God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"), Spyro Gyra ("I'll Be Home for Christmas"), Nelson Rangell (playing piccolo on a fine version of "Let It Snow, Let It Snow"), David Benoit, Lee Ritenour, Diane Schuur, Russ Freeman of the Rippingtons, and Dave Grusin. High-quality background music that should please fans of the idiom.

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