Peter White Christmas with Mindi Abair and Rick Braun (Artizen Music Group)

Peter White

Released October 9, 2007 Top Christmas Jazz Albums




Peter White is an extraordinary and fluent acoustic guitarist whose skills are world-renown. Mindi Abair is a double-edged talent from her fluid saxophone to emotive vocals. Rick Braun is a masterful trumpet/flugelhorn player whose warm tones transform the simplest melody into a work of art. They have separately sold literally millions of records and anticipate the acceptance to this special performance of Christmas chestnuts.

Track Listing:

1. The Little Drummer Boy 4:17

2. The Christmas Song 4:44

3. I Can’t Wait For Christmas 5:42

4. Greensleeves (What Child Is This?) 3:25

5. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas 4:13

6. River 5:07

7. Jingle Jangle Blues 3:54

8. Silent Night 4:53

9. The Best Part Of Christmas 3:41

10. Medley: Santa Claus Is Coming To Town/Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy 4:01

11. Medley: Happy Christmas/O Holy Night 5:26

12. White Christmas 2:36


Peter White: guitar

Rick Braun: trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals

Mindi Abair: saxophone, vocals

Nate Phillips: bass and vocals

Ron Reinhardt: keyboards

Stevo Theard: drums and vocals


One world-class guitarist decking the halls with composure and decorum this year is Laurence Juber, a former member of Paul McCartney’s band Wings. The Laurence Juber Trio’s Holidays & Hollynights may be pulled down a bit by threadbare material, but Juber scores high marks for the clarion precision of his playing and for his tasteful arrangements. The acoustic bass and drums are as inconspicuous as the buttons on Santa’s trousers. The bonus track “The Christmas Song,” featuring Juber alone with his Martin, ends the album on a note of quiet gaiety. This London native, who’s now based in California, also offers exquisite solo guitar work on his 1997 album Winter Guitar.

Frank-John Hadley (DownBeat)