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Straight No Chaser is the place for jazz lovers (and those who will soon be jazz lovers) to enjoy podcasts with their favorite music and artists. Winner of the 2017 JazzTimes Readers' Poll for Best Podcast, your host Jeffrey Siegel will take you inside the world of jazz, from the new releases to the best festiva;s to remembrances of jazz legends.

25 Days of Jazzmas: "Deck the Halls"

Dec 21, 2011

Two of our greatest living pianists, Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea, contribute dueling keyboards on this wonderful modern interpretation of a Christmas chestnut. Recorded in  1969 with a nonet, that included  trumpeter Woody Shaw, studio guitar legend Al Caiola, and onetime Tonight Show drummer Ed Shaughnessy, the track can be found on the Jingle Bell Swing compilation CD.

The tune is Welsh, likely dating back to the sixteenth century, and belongs to a winter carol, Nos Galan. In the eighteenth century, Mozart used the tune to "Deck the Halls" for a violin and piano duet and, later, Haydn in the song "New Year's Night." The repeated "fa la la" is taken from medieval ballads and used in Nos Galan, while the remaining lyrics are American in origin, probably dating from the nineteenth century.