David Ian – Vintage Christmas Trio (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 34:01 minutes | 367 MB | Genre: Holiday, Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Prescott Records
You can see the snow gently drifting down through the sky, taste the eggnog, and feel the yuletide spirit gently wrapping its arms around you as Vintage Christmas Trio pleasantly glides on by. Building on a branding-savvy holiday portfolio that includes Vintage Christmas (Prescott Records, 2011) and Vintage Christmas Wonderland (Prescott Records, 2014), pianist David Ian delivers a stripped-down set of ten holiday chestnuts that values clarity and concision.
Christmas albums often try to sell themselves with novelty value, athleticism, and/or pizzazz, but Ian won’t have any of that. His music is straightforward. And while it certainly falls under the jazz heading, don’t look for lengthy solos, wild trips afield, bluesy bluster, or radical redesigns. There’s a spare elegance to Ian’s vision of Christmas that’s in keeping with the meaning of the holiday and the feeling of the season.
Vintage Christmas Trio is David Ian’s long-awaited full-length follow up to his debut success “Vintage Christmas.” His purest release to date, this album features instrumental-only jazz trio interpretations of Christmas favorites using the most minimal elements–highlighting Ian’s craft as pianist and arranger. David Ian’s delightful performances transport you to an era that birthed the most sentimental songs of this season. The opener, “Deck the Halls” welcomes in the Christmas spirit with a swinging trio. David Ian’s signature sound shines throughout the album as he transforms the often stately “Joy to the World” into a jazz/blues injected festivity and then carries the listener into a dreamier state with the ever-loved classic “White Christmas.” The lyrical bass solos of Jon Estes tastefully splash their way on numerous tracks supported by the clever drumwork of Josh Hunt, who together comprise a perfectly ornamental rhythm section. “We Three Kings” takes on a new form with a reflective mood; an unexpected arrangement of a Christmas classic, more forgotten in recent years. In “Silver Bells,” Ian masterfully and fluidly switches back and forth from swing to straight time. The close of the album is a solemn “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” stripped down to just piano and percussion. If you listen closely, your ears might catch the chirps of a winter bird complementing this moving musical performance.
01 – Deck the Halls
02 – It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
03 – Joy to the World
04 – White Christmas
05 – Good King Wenceslas
06 – I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
07 – We Three Kings
08 – Up on the Housetop
09 – Silver Bells
10 – O Come, All Ye Faithful
David Ian – piano
Jon Estes – bass
Josh Hunt – drums, percussion