The Scott Oakley Trio | jazz for the holidays

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jazz for the holidays

by The Scott Oakley Trio

Scott Oakley Joe La Barbera and Darek Oles play Christmas favorites with delicate, funky, intriguing arrangements. Have an artful holiday.
Genre: Jazz: Bebop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
5:13 album only
2. Silent Night
4:47 album only
3. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
3:39 album only
4. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
4:56 album only
5. White Christmas
4:20 album only
6. Let It Snow
3:30 album only
7. Winter Wonderland
4:39 album only
8. The Christmas Song
4:12 album only
9. O Tannenbaum
5:01 album only
10. Little Drummer Boy
4:06 album only
11. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
2:42 album only
12. Greensleeves
3:47 album only
13. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
3:19 album only
14. Here Comes Santa Claus
3:19 album only


Album Notes
Scott Oakley began playing the piano at a young age, attended Berklee College of Music, then matriculated New England Conservatory of Music in Boston in 1978, Dean's List. While at the New England Conservatory he studied with Jaki Byard, George Russell, and composition with Tom McKinley. Charles Banacos was the major influence when it came to jazz piano instruction outside of school, and Madame Chaloff shared her insights about the Russian Piano Technique.

After freelancing in Boston and New York, Scott took a day job while continuing to write and play. During that time 5 records were released: Raphael's Revenge in '86', The Friendship House CD in '90', Yule Be Diggin' This in '93', Come Home Brother Johnson in '96', and Doberman Attack in '99'.

During the past decade The Scott Oakley Trio has performed numerous concert and club dates including a 3 year memorable stint at Raphael's in Portland Maine.

It is with some excitement that we release this CD called jazz for the holidays. Recorded with Los Angeles first call drummer Joe LaBarbera and bassist Darek Oles, this collection of holiday standards displays Scott's unique arranging and pianistic abilities.



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Eric Flagg

Top personnel, Top Arranging, Top Quality Jazz
Scott Oakley teamed up with excellent musicians in this album. Joe LaBarbera was the drummer for Bill Evans' great trio in the late 70s. Scott's tasteful yet technical playing style makes this CD highly enjoyable and stimulating. It has become one of my favorite Christmas albums.

Derrick Bang

Great holiday jazz album, definitely a must-own
I collect holiday jazz, and this album is a fine addition. A good blend of tunes, all superbly performed, with plenty of attention granted each musician.
I'm delighted to have found it: another winner from CD Baby.