Corky Hale: Have Yourself a Jazzy Little Christmas

You’ll grab for the egg nog on this disc by Corky Hale as she plays harp, celeste and piano with Kirk Smith/b and Tom Walsh/dr on a gently swinging collection of Christmas and Chanukah songs. Walsh hits hard on “Santa Clause is Coming to Town” while Hale’s harp glows overhead as well as does some bluesy  picking on “California Christmas” and sashay’s on a samba’d “Dreidel Song.” Her piano chimes on an artsy “Silver Bells” and gets a bit New Agey on “The Christmas Song” but most of the time the times swing as easily as mistletoe as on “Winter Wonderland.” Celestial seasonings!

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