So, it’s the end of a busy day. You’ve decked the halls, jingled the bells and harked the herald angels. You’re about to settle down on the couch, enjoy the warm glow of the lights on the tree and a glass of your favorite beverage and you ask yourself: “What would make a more perfect soundtrack than a long cut from a 1981 Christmas Jazz LP featuring one of the world’s best tenor saxophonists and his legendary quartet gently swinging their way through a fabulous holiday classic?”
So, here it is: The Dexter Gordon Quartet – Dexter Gordon on tenor sax, Kirk Lightsey on acoustic piano, David Eubanks on acoustic bass and Eddie Gladden on drums – playing “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.”
Sit back and enjoy.
That track was recorded in New York City on November 4, 1980 for Columbia Records. It was released in 1981 on an LP called God Rest Ye Merry Jazzmen.
“Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” was written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane in 1943. It was introduced by singer Judy Garland in the 1944 MGM musical Meet Me In St. Louis.
What’s your favorite Christmas Jazz recording?