If there’s any musical genre that can take tired Xmas music and make it listenable again, it’s jazz. So as we plunge closer and closer to the holiday’s event horizon, it’s time to draw upon the strength of jazz musicians to help us make it through. (Bear in mind, there’s not much to see on these YouTube embeds, but it’s worth it for the music. So feel free to go, you know, work in another window while you listen.)
First off, let’s start with some excellent Dave Brubeck, solo on the piano for “O Tannenbaum.”
Now it’s over to John Coltrane and a live rendition of “Greensleeves.”
Even that tired old “Jingle Bells” can get a solid ass-kicking from somebody like inhuman guitar playing monster Tuck Andress. His Hymns, Carols and Songs About Snow is amazing across the board. Any of his stuff is highly recommended.
And this version of “Sleigh Ride” from the Ramsey Lewis Trio is just fantastic.