Keith Jarrett & Charlie Haden – Jasmine

Jasmine, a beautiful, intimate collaboration between pianist Keith Jarrett and bassist Charlie Haden, is perfect for the holiday season. Haden’s deep, meditative approach provides Jarrett the spacious, relaxing template to stretch out his ballad playing. From the sentimental “For All We Know” to the soulful “Where Can I Go Without You” to the sensational “Body and Soul” to the serenading “Don’t Ever Leave Me,” Jasmine is, in Jarrett’s own words, “a night-blooming flower with a beautiful fragrance.” I actually started listening to this album a couple months ago and now the holiday spirit brings me even closer to it. Can’t wait to play it on Christmas Eve with my love ones and with a glass of Merlot.