A Christmas Jazz Portrait by Traditional. Arranged by Lennie Niehaus. For saxophone quintet (2 altos, 2 tenors and baritone saxophones). Christmas, Jazz. Grade 3. Score and set of parts. Published by Kendor Music Inc (KN.16478).
This ambitious set of carols in contrasting jazz styles features "Up On The Housetop (swing)", "Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming (ballad)", "Patapan (jazz waltz)", and "Ding! Dong! Merrily On High (swing)". Though all the hallmarks of a Niehaus arrangement are present--modern chords, melodies for all, solid ensemble work, etc.--what we like most about this portrait is that it features songs that haven't been done to death.