The Jazz Show Episode December 21, 2015

The Miles Davis All-Stars with Milt Jackson and Thelonious Monk. Christmas Eve 1954.

9:02pm - 12:48am

This famous Christmas Eve session has for years been our Christmas Jazz feature and 2015 is no different. This all-star record date by a band nominally led by trumpeter and Jazz icon Miles Davis contains Jazz that will live forever and has influenced countless players over the years. A true musical landmark. Mr. Davis is paired with three members of the Modern Jazz Quartet which included Milt Jackson on vibes, Percy Heath on bass and Kenny Clarke on drums, who was the MJQ's first drummer. Davis was pleased with the lineup but Prestige Record's head honcho, Bob Weinstock insisted that Thelonious Monk be on piano. Miles at first objected but finally agreed and the addition of Monk to this mix was a touch of magic. Monk was the spice on this musical concoction. The musical chemistry was wonderful here and tonight we hear the four master takes from this session beginning with Milt Jackson's blues, "Bags' Groove" which contains one of Monk's most fascinating solos. Next is a Monk tune called "Bemsha Swing". Following that is the brightest tune of the set in Miles Davis' tune "Swing Spring" and the set ends with the band's interpretation of the George and Ira Gershwin standard "The Man I Love". Great Jazz for the ages and the spirit of Christmas is heard throughout the set. Merry Christmas to all!

Track Listing:

Bags' Groove
Miles Davis · Bags' Groove
Bemsha Swing
Miles Davis · The Modern Jazz All-Stars
Swing Spring
Miles Davis · Bags' Groove
The Man I Love
Miles Davis · The Modern Jazz all-Stars
Artie Shaw · The Best of Artie Shaw
Concerto For Clarinet
Artie Shaw · The Best of Artie Shaw
Begin The Beguine
Artie Shaw · The Best of Artie Shaw
White Christmas
Charlie Parker · The Best From The Roost
John Coltrane · The Complete John Coltrane
The Christmas Song
Dexter Gordon · The Panther
Sleigh Ride
Chris Davis · This Christmas
Blue Christmas
Chris Davis · This Christmas
O Tannenbaum
Chris Sigerson · A Chris Chris Christmas
Christmas Time is Here
Chris Sigerson · A Chris Cris Christmas
Winter Wonderland
Chet Baker · The Chet Baker Quartet
Lord Buckley · Lord Buckley's Best
Paul Desmond · Paul Desmoind with the MJQ
Santa Claus is Coming To Town
Bill Evans · Bill Evans Solo Piano
God rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
The MJQ and Symphony Orchestra · The MJQ and Orchestra
Fine And Dandy
Oscar Peterson · World Transciptions
Someone To Watch Over Me
Oscar Peterson · World Transcriptions
Heat Wave
Oscar Peterson · World Transcriptions
Makin' Whoopee
Oscar Peterson · World transcriptions
No Problem
Art Blakey · Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Birk's Works
Kenny Burrell · At The Five Spot
Duke Pearson · Wahoo
Duke Pearson · Wahoo
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
MJQ · The MJQ at Music Inn