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Here is a set of famously favorite Christmas songs that will please the ears and holiday spirit of any listener, and particularly fans of smooth jazz.

The late Edwin Hubbard disdained the terms flutist or flautist, preferring to call himself a "flute picker." He was a flamboyant but beloved Memphis jazz standout whose facility with the sax as well as the flute tagged him as “about the most in-demand musician in his field’. He is heard on iconic recordings by Elvis Presley and Isaac Hayes, among others. As a musician, he was an adventurer, said to be the first to bring about a fusion of bluegrass and jazz, and later, what he called the "Afro-Billy sound," a fusion of African, jazz, and bluegrass.

Early in his career, an Indian gave him a clutch of beautiful eagle feathers, saying, “They will give your music strength.” Hubbard dangled them from the end of his flute with a long string and was never again seen without them.

On March 22, 1997, the 61-year-old Hubbard auditioned for the role of conductor of the Germantown (TN) Symphony Orchestra. After conducting Mozart's Requiem (a.k.a. The Funeral Mass), he went to his dressing room, where the concertmaster found him  dead from an apparent heart attack.

Accompanied by some of Memphis' finest - Tom Lonardo on drums, Errol Thomas on bass, and Marvell Thomas on keyboards – Edwin Hubbard’s legacy lives on in this album simply entitled “Christmas Songs”.

 


   
 

JOY TO THE WORLD

AVE MARIA

GOD REST YE MERRY GENTLEMEN

WE THREE KINGS

O HOLY NIGHT

GREENSLEEVES

LITTLE DRUMMER BOY

O COME EMANUEL

SILENT NIGHT

THE CHRISTMAS SONG

WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS

   

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