Winter is a solid jazz compilation by Origin Records, a label created in 1997 by Seattle drummer John Bishop. The label's focus is primarily on significant Northwest artists, and this CD is a perfect example of the burgeoning jazz community abounding in the Seattle area. Joining Bishop on this instrumental CD are Hans Teuber (saxophones, piano), Dave Peterson (guitar, piano), and Jeff Johnson (bass).
Slip this CD into the audio system, and you can spend almost an hour basking in the soft glow of sweet jazz. This foursome presents an intimate feel; just imagine that they are playing exclusively for you in the corner of your living room.
The holiday cuts are mostly well-familiar; "December" and "Winter Waltz" are two smooth originals by Dave Peterson. Great tracks include a charming, but too short, "Coventry Carol," an energized "Let It Snow" with a persistent percussion foundation, and an exotic and innovative "Little Drummer Boy."
If seasonal stress has grabbed you by the throat and is shaking you hard, CHILL. Let Winter soothe you into the much finer (and more refined) world of jazz.