Is "The Christmas Song" the best jazz tune ever written?

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  1. jake3

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    What was Mel Torme thinking? I am jamming on this tune getting ready for a Christmas Eve party, and digging the changes. It's like a streamlined version of "All the Things You Are" - just enough tritone changes to keep you on your toes. Beautiful song to play on upright, lends itself to solos actually.
  2. Chris Fitzgerald

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    I was playing a gig the other night and also enjoying this tune in comparison to many of the others that were called. Some of the jazz reharms to christmas tunes floating around in gig books are truly putrid, but TCS is real music in every sense of the word.
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    Christmas Song is THE best jazz Christmas song
  4. PimasterPearson

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    Best jazz song? Heck no.

    Best Christmas song? Maybe, probably not.

    Best jazz Christmas song? Absolutely.
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  6. hdiddy

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    Best Christmas song? Maybe.

    I've been digging The Christmas Waltz for how the melody falls on the barline. To me, it's a tough tune even though the changes are simple. Simple isn't easy. Soloing over it isn't that straight forward, and it's got enough changes that it's not quite modal.
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    *Christmastime is Here* beats it, IMHO. TCS is probably #2. I haven't found a #3 yet.
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    Yeah I was going to mention that one too.

    Linus & Lucy is fun tho.
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    This is my favorite....;)
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    i also like "have yourself a merry little christmas"
  11. hdiddy

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    +1. Hear hear. I'm gonna transcribe that chart one of these days.
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    +1
  13. David Jayne

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    This version kills:
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    "Christmastime Is Here" is baaadass!
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    That entire Charlie Brown Christmas Album is incredible and Vince Guaraldi was a master.
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    +1. That album happens to be on repeat in my cubicle today.
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    Charlie Brown Christmas + Handel's Messiah = Christmas
  18. David Jayne

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    Agree. Christmas Song is great but Christmas Time is Here makes me cry. It has a melancholy beauty that gets me every time.
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    We're playing both on my high school Christmas concert this Tuesday, and I have to say The Christmas Song is much more fun. Given that both versions are probably watered down from the originals, but Christmas Song, is much, much more fun to play, and easier to get into (despite being in Ab, stupid horns :p). Plus, Christmas Song is our vocal tune on the concert, and our vocalist is pretty good (for a flag twirler)
  20. ChuckCorbisiero

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    I don't know about that. The bridge to 'Christmastime' isn't as good. The lyrics aren't either but this is just my opinion. Mel's original chart with his changes is a work of art. I think he did it in Db. I copied the original when he was at Westchester Theatre in New York years ago. My guitar teacher was doing the show and took the book home for his students to work on. I hung out backstage during the shows. I have it somewhere. Talk about beautiful changes. Man. Mel played the **** out of the piano and the drums as well. Really talented guy.
  21. SolarMan

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    Mel wrote "The Christmas Song" when he was 19 years old. He claims to have written it in 45 minutes.

    Pure Genius.

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