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25 Days of Jazzmas: "White Christmas"

Dec 11, 2011

Sometimes other bloggers say things better than I can. So here's today's selection as introduced by the blog Plastic Sax:

Charlie Parker seemingly didn't take any days off. He would have been forgiven for coasting on a rendition of a relatively recent Irving Berlin song on a Christmas morning broadcast in 1948. Instead, his solo beginning at 0:50 and ending at 2:13 is a masterwork. Even his quote of "Jingle Bells" fits perfectly into the brilliant effort. Parker is joined by Kenny Dorham, Al Haig, Tommy Potter and Max Roach.

This version made All About Jazz's Top Ten Christmas Jazz Recordings of All-Time in 2003. It can be found on a  number of Bird live collections and the compilation CD Jingle Bell Jam (Verve)