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This bright little compilation of Christmas tunes done New Orleans style takes on a little extra poignancy given the city's continued efforts to rebuild and rebound from the tremendous destruction that came with the landfall of Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005. But hurricane or not, Christmas is a time of celebration, and the musicians of New Orleans have never had any kind of problem with celebrating, so a kind of reaffirmation is at work here that is cool to hear. Among the highlights are Big Al Carson and Lars Edegran's jazzed-up version of "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," singer James Andrews' hybrid jazz and R&B approach (which owes more than a little to Louis Armstrong) on "Christmas in New Orleans," and the delightfully ragged, loose and joyous "Santa's Second Line" by the New Birth Brass Band, which also features some improvised singing from Andrews in the outro. This isn't the end-all and be-all of Christmas collections, but it has a refreshing feel of normalcy, and that, given all that New Orleans has been through, is a comfort. ~ Steve Leggett, All Music Guide
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|Number of Discs:||1|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.22|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||0.4 x 5.1 x 5.7|
|1.||Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town - Big Al Carson With Lars Edegran|
|2.||Christmas In New Orleans - James Andrews|
|3.||'Zat You Santa Claus? - Ingrid Lucia|
|4.||Silver Bells - Heritage Hall Jazz Band With Gregg Stafford|
|5.||I'll Be Home For Christmas - Banu Gibson & The New Orleans Hot Jazz|
|6.||Please Come Home For Christmas - Papa Don Vappie's New Orleans Jazz Band|
|7.||God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Ellis Marsalis|
|8.||White Christmas - John Boutte|
|9.||Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Topsy Chapman With Lars Edegran & His Santa Claus Revelers|
|10.||Santa's Second Line - The New Birth Brass Band|
|11.||Holiday Time In New Orleans - Dukes Of Dixieland|
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