A Chiaroscuro Christmas

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Ciaroscuro Christmas CDThere have been a countless number of jazz Christmas albums recorded and released during the past 60 years. One of the most fun and swinging is A Chiaroscuro Christmas which was released as a CD back in the 1990s. This compilation of recordings from 1973-94 contains music not originally on any of the Chiaroscuro albums.

Featured are Earl Hines (“White Christmas”), Dick Wellstood leading a Fats Waller-inspired combo (“Jingle Bells”), trumpeter Bob Barnard, pianists Mike Jones, Dave McKenna, Roger Kellaway, Johnny Costa, Junior Mance, and Steve Allen, tenor-saxophonist Flip Phillips, bassist Milt Hinton, flutist George Young, the Manhattan Jazz Quintet, Louie Bellson, Summit Reunion (Kenny Davern and Bob Wilber), and a number that has pianists Ralph Sutton and Jay McShann playing together.

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Whether it is “Frosty The Snowman,” “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” or “Winter Wonderland,” A Chiaroscuro Christmas shows that Christmas songs and swinging jazz are a perfect fit.

A Chiaroscuro Christmas
Chiaroscuro CR 332

Scott Yanow

Since 1975 Scott Yanow has been a regular reviewer of albums in many jazz styles. He has written for many jazz and arts magazines, including JazzTimes, Jazziz, Down Beat, Cadence, CODA, and the Los Angeles Jazz Scene, and was the jazz editor for Record Review. He has written an in-depth biography on Dizzy Gillespie for AllMusic.com. He has authored 11 books on jazz, over 900 liner notes for CDs and over 20,000 reviews of jazz recordings.

Yanow was a contributor to and co-editor of the third edition of the All Music Guide to Jazz. He continues to write for Downbeat, Jazziz, the Los Angeles Jazz Scene, the Jazz Rag, the New York City Jazz Record and other publications.

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