While moldy Christmas songs and great jazz seem as compatible as egg nog and Tanqueray, there have been instances where the planets have aligned to create songs that display the best of both genres. Ten instances, to be exact, and you'll find them below. Do you agree? Then post your holiday toast to my list. Don't agree? Post the all-time Christmas jazz song of your choice in the comments section below. I will save a special lump of coal just for you.
"The Christmas Song" by Dexter Gordon From The Panther! (Original Jazz Classics)
Master of the saxophone ballad transforms a holiday pop favorite into a soulful blues improvisation.
"Here Comes Santa Claus" by Ramsey Lewis From Sound Of Christmas (Chess/MCA)
In their prime, Ramsey Lewis and his trio could make anything sound great. Here lies the proof.
"Jingle Bells" by Duke Ellington & His Orchestra From Jingle Bell Swing (Columbia/Legacy)
Classic Duke sound and great choruses played with typical economy from his sidemen circa 1962.
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