Performers include: Dexter Gordon, Duke Ellington, Paquito D'Rivera, Miles Davis, McCoy Tyner, Heath Brothers, Carmen McRae, Arthur Blythe, Wynton Marsalis, Lionel Hampton, Pony Poindexter, Dave Brubeck, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, Herbie Hancock.
Personnel: Dave Carey , Lionel Hampton (vocals, vibraphone); Bob Dorough, Carmen McRae (vocals); Al Caiola, Billy Mackel (guitar); Tony Purrone (electric guitar); Harry Carney, Jimmy Hamilton, Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves, Russell Procope (reeds); Frank Wess, Wayne Shorter (saxophone); Pony Poindexter (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Gene Quill, Paquito d'Rivera, Phil Woods, Arthur Blythe, Paul Desmond (alto saxophone); Dexter Gordon, Jimmy Heath, Branford Marsalis, Billy Mitchell (tenor saxophone); Pepper Adams (baritone saxophone); Miles Davis, Ray Nance, Woody Shaw, Wynton Marsalis, Bill Berry , Roy Burrowes, Cat Anderson (trumpet); Robert McGarity, Frank Rehak, Dick Hixson, Jimmy Cleveland, Lawrence Brown , Robert Byrne, Chuck Connors, Britt Woodman (trombone); McCoy Tyner (piano, grand piano); Stanley Cowell (piano, kalimba); Chick Corea, Dave Brubeck, Gildo Mahones, Herbie Hancock, John Hicks, Kenny Kirkland, Kirk Lightsey, Tommy Flanagan, Billy Strayhorn (piano); Norman Simmons (celesta); John Miller , David Eubanks, Clarence Seay, Fred Hopkins, Johnny Miller, Percy Heath (acoustic bass); Eddie Gladden, Jimmy Wormworth, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Jimmy Cobb , Joe Morello, Akira Tana, Osie Johnson, Sam Woodyard, Steve McCall, Ed Shaughnessy, Charlie Persip (drums); William Correa (congas, bongos, percussion).
Recording information: New York, NY (06/04/1961-01/14/1969).
Arrangers: Jay Cee; McCoy Tyner; Paquito d'Rivera; Teo Macero; Wynton Marsalis.
Columbia through the years has had several Christmas jazz samplers. This album is mostly from the 1961-62 period, although there is an unusual version of "Deck the Halls" that features both Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea on pianos in 1969 with a nonet. Highlights include Duke Ellington's "Jingle Bells," the Chico Hamilton Quintet playing "Winter Wonderland," the Dave Brubeck Quartet romping through "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," and Bob Dorough's bah-humbug "Blue Xmas" with Miles Davis. ~ Scott Yanow