Various Artists

Traditional Jazz Christmas

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This Christmas jazz sampler has 14 selections, most of which have been reissued many times in similar collections. Taken as a whole, the music is pleasing, if generally lacking surprises. Represented are Louis Armstrong ("Christmas in New Orleans" and "Christmas Night in Harlem"), Mel Torme, Kenny Burrell, Al Hibbler, Ramsey Lewis, Les Brown, Lionel Hampton, Peggy Lee, Soulful Strings, Ahmad Jamal and Gene Ammons ("Swingin' for Christmas"). Unfortunately, the personnel is not included in the scanty packaging, while the dates only give the month at best. Good music for the casual listener.

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