A Jazz Christmas
The Christmas Song
Celebrate It's Christmas Time
Oh, Christmas Tree
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Colour Naturelle (Natural Color)
Deck The Halls
A Child is Born
Oh Little Town of Bethlehem
We Three Kings
Dreams Come True
The Braxton Brothers
Topcats Featuring Gerald Spikes, Frank Ingram, & Freddie Flewellen
W.G. Snuffy Walden & Michael Ruff
Album produced by
Tracks produced by the respective recording artists, exceptions & additionals noted below when applicable
A Windham Hill Jazz Christmas (BMG 01934 13702) - 1998
A Jazz Christmas is the first of two "Windham Hill Jazz" Christmas albums released during the "BMG Years." BMG saw an asset in the Jazz imprint and turned out a number of albums and artists during the mid-90s.
I read an article in billboard that said that Windham Hill Jazz was a target for BMG in the early days, I guess the wave of "Smooth Jazz" that hit a number of record labels in the 90s was also caught by Windham Hill. A number of the jazz artists who released albums on the Windham imprint at this time are also featured here on this record.
There's one "Classic" Windham Hill featured here: W.G. Snuffy Walden. The great Paul Horn also makes his only Windham Hill compilation appearance.
Though I have some trouble reconciling the style of this album (and its companion album: A Jazz Noel) with the rest of the holiday catalog, there are some gems on this record, and a lot of talent featured. Here's Mr. Horn's O Little Town of Bethlehem.