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Have Yourself a Very Quiet Christmas

Night Lights pays tribute to the holidays in the mellowest of moods.

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Seasonal Night Lights greetings.

Take a break from the frazzled and frantic vibe of the holidays with “Have Yourself a Very Quiet Christmas.” This episode of Night Lights emphasizes the more laidback side of holiday music; even “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” gets a cool-jazz treatment from the Dave Brubeck Quartet, while Joe Pass delivers a reflective guitar version of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and Paul Desmond joins the Modern Jazz Quartet for a poignant reading of “Greensleeves.” There are some little-heard and unconventional seasonal tracks such as Judy Holliday’s “It Must Be Christmas” and hardbop pianist Horace Silver’s “Peace,” and tasteful nods to standard holiday-jazz fare such as Vince Guaraldi’s “What Child Is This” and two of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s arrangements from The Nutcracker Suite.

It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
Carla Bley — Carla's Christmas Carols (ECM, 2009)
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Variations on God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Modern Jazz Quartet — Complete Atlantic Studio Recordings 1956-64 (Mosaic Records, 2011)
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Greensleeves
Modern Jazz Quartet/Paul Desmond — Live (Sony, 1993)
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Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Dave Brubeck — Jingle Bell Jazz (Sony, 1990)
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Snowfall
Claude Thornhill — 1947 Transcriptions (Hep, 1999)
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It Must Be Christmas
Judy Holliday/Gerry Mulligan — Judy Holliday And Gerry Mulligan (DRG, 1990)
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What Child Is This?
Vince Guaraldi — A Charlie Brown Christmas (Fantasy, 2012)
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White Christmas (midpoint music bed)
Barry Harris — An Uptown Christmas (Uptown, 2000)
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Sugar Rum Cherry
Duke Ellington — Three Suites (Sony, 2008)
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Danse Of The Floreadores
Duke Ellington — Three Suites (Sony, 2008)
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The Christmas Song
Houston Person/Etta Jones — Christmas With Houston Person And Etta Jones (32 Jazz, 1997)
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Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Joe Pass — Six String Santa (Cobra Records, 2010)
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Silent Night
Dinah Washington — Have Yourself A Jazzy LittleChristmas (Polygram, 1989)
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Peace
Horace Silver — Blowin' The Blues Away (Blue Note, 1999)
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