Although this playlist is likely to be nestled deep in the Christmas tree, far from the colourfully wrapped gifts it is still a joyful representation of the sound of Christmas. For most people it will be Vince Guaraldi Trio’s ‘Christmastime Is Here’ that will resonate most but this is nothing if not a collection of the biggest jazz piano greats including Count Basie and Duke Ellington. Such is the style and panache throughout proceedings that you are likely to fall in love with plenty of new discoveries that the genre has to offer. We have to tip our Santa hat to David Benoit and his vivid take on Nat King Cole’s ‘The Christmas Song’, it’s as if the composition was conceived as a classy instrumental with piano keys flitting with gay abandon like a volley of kids on Christmas morn. The (appropriately named) Red Garland Trio’s 1950’s rendition of ‘Winter Wonderland’ is equally inspiring with a dedicated swing that is a match for any lively occasion you are likely to frequent over the holidays. All told our Jazzy Piano Christmas songs are a classy bunch which offer the perfect antidote to the well-worn yuletide soundtrack that is trotted out season after season.
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