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Vintage Christmas: Holiday Favorites with a Jazzy Twist

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Issued by the Canadian Somerset imprint, Vintage Christmas: Holiday Favorites with a Jazzy Twist features two discs of holiday favorites, which are actually two previously released albums, the first of which is Baby, It's Cold Outside: A Smooth Holiday Collection from Holly Cole and the second is I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm: A Jazzy Instrumental Christmas from Aaron Davis. For those who don't have either of these recordings, it's a terrific set -- Cole's disc being the stronger of the two for her slippery, silky, martini-throated performances of tracks such as the title, "Santa Baby," and "Sleigh Ride." Pianist and arranger Davis is no lightweight, though; his understated yet innovative charts for "Winter Wonderland" and "Silver Bells" are clear standouts.

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