Celebrate holiday season with this compilation of Christmas songs, interpreted by the finest jazz artists such as Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong or Ella Fitzgerald.
Music has always been associated with religious ceremonies, and musicians have always expressed religious fervor with songs and incantations. In other words, with voices. Of course, the confusion that exists today between the notion of a religious feast, and on the other hand the altar of commercialism, tends to muddle the way we perceive the Nativity, but the nature and sincerity of the Christmas celebrations contained in the titles selected for this album make us completely forget all the mercantile reasons behind such things as “Christmas products.”
The history of music shows us that different kinds and forms follow each other. And that the latest trend overshadows the one that came before it. Today it's difficult to say exactly which trend dominates, as there are so many music currents that overlap and intersect. Mainstream exists no longer. Yet one thing is certain: each music form is built on the music that precedes it. There would be no jazz without classical music, no rock without blues, no rock without jazz, no rap without soul music, no sampling without the riffs of either soul or rock… and therefore, inside each genre you find different chapters in the history of music. And that is why it is so important to understand their origins: they shed the light that is necessary for an understanding of the music born every day.
The richness of jazz lies at the origin of so much music today that it is essential to discover this creative wealth. The Essential Works of Masters of Jazz bring to light those 20th century creations that still exert an influence on the majority of musicians today — whether they are aware of it or not.
The Essential Works of Masters of Jazz gather the fundamental creations of the music of today.