Various Artists

Mistletoe Magic [Palo Alto]

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Herb Wong's now-defunct Palo Alto label celebrated the Christmas season with this collection of holiday songs as played by eight different groups: the Elvin Jones Quintet (with Dave Liebman and Terumasa Hino), Free Flight, Larry Vuckovich's Sextet (featuring Tom Harrell, Jerome Richardson and Charles McPherson), The Full Faith & Credit Big Band, the Richie Cole-Art Pepper Quintet, a duo of singer Meredith d'Ambrosio and Hank Jones, the Mal Waldron Quartet (with Joe Henderson), and Les DeMerle's Sextet (featuring Don Menza, Lanny Morgan and Bobby Shew). This enjoyable modern bop-oriented LP is now a collector's item.