Various Artists

The Joy of Christmas Past

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The Christmas jazz recordings heard on this varied sampler CD are drawn from the catalogs of ABC-Paramount, Decca, Chess and Argo. Such artists as Louis Armstrong (how did "What a Wonderful World" become a Xmas song?), Les Brown, Mel Torme, Ramsey Lewis, Peggy Lee, Kenny Burrell, Ahmad Jamal, Al Hibbler, Duke Ellington ("Silent NIght") and Gene Ammons are heard from and, even with the emphasis on ballads, this is a well-rounded set.

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