Home » Jazz Articles » Album Review » David Ian: Vintage Christmas Trio

8

David Ian: Vintage Christmas Trio

By

Sign in to view read count
David Ian: Vintage Christmas Trio
You can see the snow gently drifting down through the sky, taste the eggnog, and feel the yuletide spirit gently wrapping its arms around you as Vintage Christmas Trio pleasantly glides on by. Building on a branding-savvy holiday portfolio that includes Vintage Christmas (Prescott Records, 2011) and Vintage Christmas Wonderland (Prescott Records, 2014), pianist David Ian delivers a stripped-down set of ten holiday chestnuts that values clarity and concision.

While vocals factored into the earlier Vintage Christmas concoctions, the recipe is down to just three instrumental ingredients here—Ian, bassist Jon Estes, and drummer Josh Hunt. Nothing more is needed, as a lighthearted and affable attitude wins out with these trio tracks. Hunt's brushes gently coat the snare, melodious sounds calmly comes forth, and Ian and Estes take playful turns on a "Deck The Halls" opener. Later, suggestions of hope and yearning carry "White Christmas" from the threshold to a warmer and lighter space; "Up On The Housetop" moves from gentle environs toward a jolly atmosphere, taking that turn for the cheery with the entrance of Estes and Hunt; and "O Come, All Ye Faithful" closes the album with the sound of true belief.

Christmas albums often try to sell themselves with novelty value, athleticism, and/or pizzazz, but Ian won't have any of that. His music is straightforward. And while it certainly falls under the jazz heading, don't look for lengthy solos, wild trips afield, bluesy bluster, or radical redesigns. There's a spare elegance to Ian's vision of Christmas that's in keeping with the meaning of the holiday and the feeling of the season.

Track Listing

Deck The Halls; It Came Upon A Midnight Clear; Joy To The World; White Christmas; Good King Wenceslas; I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day; We Three Kings; Up On The Housetop; Silver Bells; O Come, All Ye Faithful.

Personnel

David Ian
piano

David Ian: piano; Jon Estes: bass; Josh Hunt: drums, percussion.

Album information

Title: Vintage Christmas Trio | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: Prescott Records

Comments

Tags


For the Love of Jazz
Get the Jazz Near You newsletter All About Jazz has been a pillar of jazz since 1995, championing it as an art form and, more importantly, supporting the musicians who create it. Our enduring commitment has made "AAJ" one of the most culturally important websites of its kind, read by hundreds of thousands of fans, musicians and industry figures every month.

You Can Help
To expand our coverage even further and develop new means to foster jazz discovery and connectivity we need your help. You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky ads plus provide access to future articles for a full year. This winning combination will vastly improve your AAJ experience and allow us to vigorously build on the pioneering work we first started in 1995. So enjoy an ad-free AAJ experience and help us remain a positive beacon for jazz by making a donation today.

More

Being
Chris Rottmayer
Shimmer Wince
Anna Webber
Being Human
Lynne Arriale

Popular

Compassion
Vijay Iyer
Jazz Hands
Bob James
Esengo
London Afrobeat Collective

Get more of a good thing!

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories, our special offers, and upcoming jazz events near you.