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Crescent City Christmas Card

Crescent City Christmas Card by Wynton Marsalis
Released: Apr 1989
Label: Columbia
Wynton Marsalis' upbeat, swinging Christmas platter passes on the spirit and good-humor of new Orleans in general and Louis Armstrong in particular while keeping its own experimental edge. Soprano Kathleen Battle sings "Silent Night" and while it's a fine cut by itself, the tune doesn't mesh with the more street-smart feel of the rest of the album. Wynton's own reading of "'Twas the Night Before Xmas," however, is tops.
Nick Dedina

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