Sometimes it seems that almost every artist has released a Christmas record-if not an entire album, then at least an individual song: Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Willie Nelson, the Eagles. Who could possibly be next? Bob Dylan, perhaps? No, wait-he already has a Christmas album. (And who could see that coming?)
In jazz, too, Christmas albums are now ubiquitous. But in the 1970s, jazz Christmas albums were still somewhat unusual.