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1 Oh Xmas Tree 2 God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen 3 Hark The Herald Angles Sing 4 Carol Of The Birds 5 Winter Wonderland 6 Jingle Bells 7 I Saw Three Ships 8 Good King Wenceslas 9 The Christmas Song 10 In The Bleak Mid-Winter 11 Oh Come All Ye Faithful 12 We Three Kings National Jazz Trio Of Scotland is a new band project by Bill Wells together with Aby Vulliamy, Lorna Gilfedder, Kate Sugden and Gerard Black 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 albums, and very 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 ("Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…") 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 asked about the Christmas records he likes, Bill says "there are one or two, but they aren't relevant - I made this mainly because there are so many that I don't!" When you think of the National Jazz Trio of Scotland, think Moondog plays Bacharach and you're pretty much there. Oh - there is a Christmas album Bill loves, by the way - Carla Bley's beautiful bruised blue Carla's Christmas Carols. Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat recently won the inaugural Scottish Album of the Year Award for their collaborative album Everything's Getting Older, released on Chemikal Underground last year. You can hear pre-echoes of this particularly blue Christmas in Bill and Aidan's brilliantly mournful cover of Bananarama's Cruel Summer (2011) and this year's The Powers and the Glory of Love single - a not-for-the-faint-hearted medley of Frankie Goes To Hollywood's The Power of Love, Jennifer Rush's hitherto unrelated song of the same name and - just for added spice - Pete Cetera's The Glory of Love.

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04.12.2012

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