A Very Swingin’ Basie Christmas!

A Very Swingin’ Basie Christmas!

A handful of guests adds extra sparkle to this lively set of holiday favorites released in the Count Basie Orchestra's 80th anniversary year. Pianist Ellis Marsalis' crisp but understated style on "Let It Snow" and "I'll Be Home for Christmas" evokes the great Basie's own fingerwork; Johnny Mathis brings a playful spirit to his vocal turn on "It's the Holiday Season"; and Ledisi opts for a warm tone and delicate vibrato on "The Christmas Song." The whole band sounds potent, balancing brassy exuberance with relaxed, season’s-greetings swing.

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