Fri, 2 December 2011
For today's song, Paquito D'Rivera (alto sax) and John Miller (bass) duet on the classic "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen". You can fin the track on the straight-ahead jazz compilation God Rest Ye Merry Jazzmen on CBS Records. Click here to listen to the tune, done in a haunting fashion.
The song was first published by William B. Sandys in 1833, but was apparently sung as early as 1760. The title punctuation seems a bit alien to our modern eyes. Rather than referring to a group of "merry gentlemen", "Rest" denotes "keep or make" and the term "merry" once meant "mighty." This means that the song is a directive to a group of people to be blessed by the diety to stay strong or in good spirits.
Category:general -- posted at: 8:03am EDT