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ARTIST
TITLE
The National Jazz Trio of Scotland's Christmas Album
FORMAT
LP

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CATALOG #
KK 070LP KK 070LP
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RELEASE DATE
11/27/2012

2013 repress. Limited deluxe LP version with die-cut front cover; repress of 200 copies. It's a debut that isn't really a debut, by a trio that isn't a trio; a Christmas album that's unlike almost any other Christmas album, and quite possibly jazz for people with an especially subtle and sophisticated concept of what jazz might be. Yes -- the songs all look familiar, but it's unlikely you've ever heard such a spooked version of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," or "The Christmas Song" sounding so exquisitely bittersweet. Melodies are taken apart and rebuilt with the daring of Anita O'Day or Sheila Jordan, and delicate, looping, sampled arrangements throw frosty new light on lyrics we've always taken for granted -- or perhaps never properly heard. When you think of the National Jazz Trio Of Scotland, think Moondog plays Bacharach, and you're pretty much there. Bill Wells (piano, keyboards and samples), Aby Vulliamy (vocals), Lorna Gilfedder (vocals), Kate Sugden (vocals) and Gerard Black (vocals).