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Gap Mangione: Family Holidays

Gap Mangione: Family Holidays

Each December for the past 11 years, I've carefully chosen a different album for inclusion in my annual JazzWax Vintage Holiday Album Hall of Fame. I established this yule honor in 2008 to steer you to great favorites that may be unknown to you or merely forgotten. My holiday fave this year is Gap Mangione's Family ...

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Article: Bailey's Bundles

Holiday 2017 I – Georg Frederic Handel’s "Messiah"

Read "Holiday 2017 I – Georg Frederic Handel’s "Messiah"" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


A banner year for Handel's warhourse. Charlesworth, Rupert; Wolf, Andreas; Niquet, Hervé; Concert Spirituel Chorus; Pichanick, Anthea; Piau, Sandrine; Concert Spirituel Orchestra; Katherine Watson Messiah. HWV 56 (1754 Version) Alpha Records 2017 The past several years has seen provocative French productions of Handel's flagship Messiah. These include Benoit Haller's ...

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Article: Anatomy of a Standard

"Baby, It's Cold Outside" by Frank Loesser

Read ""Baby, It's Cold Outside" by Frank Loesser" reviewed by Tish Oney


A host of seasonal songs may be categorized correctly as standards, and this well-known piece is no exception. “Baby, It's Cold Outside" is particularly noteworthy in that, in North America, it fits any month between mid-autumn and early spring. This makes the song particularly versatile as a seasonal favorite--I personally have performed it at Christmastime, at ...


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