Hi My favourite Christmas tune transcribed into the jazz idiom is `A medianoche se oyo.`Translated from the Spanish `It came upon the midnight clear` In Southern Spain they have a tradition where most of the shops hitch speakers outside there windows lay down a special sort of carpet and have recordings of Gypsy children singing carols at Christmas time. On one of the days just before Christmas, several years ago I was in Orange Square (Marbella) and the children were singing. But to the point; a young busker(guitar) was, during a break in the caroling, playing the carols with a definite swing or jazz beat. I spoke to him and found he was an Italian working his way through Europe before he returned to Cremona for his final year at the International Music Academy, where he studied classical guitar. He also had a friend with him who was a first class harmonica player and they made music to dream about. I had never come across this combination before and never have since. So that is why that particular carol is my favourite tune at Christmas, second only to Wayne Shorter`s rendition of `Old Wine, New Bottles.` which has a definite Christmas feel to it. Regds.It came upon the midnight clear, that glorious song of old. N.
My Christmas music collection is bulging, and these suggestions will ensure it will keep growing. There is an expanded and re-mastered version of Vince Guaraldi Trio's "A Charlie Brown Christmas" that was just released - on my list!
A little quirky, but I love it - Squirrel Nut Zippers "Christmas Caravan". "Silent Nights" by Chet Baker, and an old compilation CD entitled "Jingle Bell Jazz".
Okay, I need to stop now. What a great thread - love to hear what others enjoy!