Various Artists

Jingle Blues

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House of Blues' Jingle Blues is a thoroughly entertaining collection of Christmas blues tunes. Instead of concentrating on a particular era or style, such as Chicago blues or contemporary blues-rock, the compilers chose to sample from the vast array of recorded blues styles, from Bessie Smith through Lightnin' Hopkins, Charles Brown and Louis Jordan to B.B. King and Anson Funderburgh. Occasionally, this means that the collection isn't quite cohesive, since the segues are a little jarring, but in general, it makes for a very entertaining collection.

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