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Christmas albums
John henry
Audiophile Audition
Nov 29, 2005

There’s plenty of jazz Christmas albums out there.    But this new self-published CD is the best in this genre I’ve heard this season so far.  Leonhardt says in the notes that his band has been together for some years and plays these tunes every holiday season. (I empathize: at this time of year I like to play the only one I do a jazz version of - We Three Kings.) His enjoyment of them comes thru - I don’t get the feeling this disc came about due to pressure from his record company (since there isn’t any, really). McKenna is a fine saxist, and although I tend to prefer all-instrumental Christmas jazz, Nancy Reed’s a good vocalist in these standards. The sound is thoroughly professional.

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