Okay, so this one was a pleasant surprise for me. I wish I could say that I’ve heard this song before today, but I’d be lying if I did. I knew I wanted to find a great Christmas song for this week’s Track, but I wasn’t sure where I’d land. As it turns out, I landed on “The Christmas Song,” as played and arranged by Tony Mottola, from his Close To You album.
Contempory jazz is pretty terrible in my humble opinion, with its smeared melodic lines and repetitive vamps. But this classic comp-style jazz is a different story. The harmonies are interesting and the melody is intertwined within the chordal changes. Mottola’s performance is inspiring and it is a testament to the way jazz should be.
This Christmas tune is a surprise gift to me (and you too, I guess). Just in time too!
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