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Even as someone who views himself as a kind of Grinch-in-reverse — that is, come the beginning of September I start to be sad that Christmas will soon be over — I reluctantly grant that a lot of the art surrounding the holiday is decidedly deciduous. Never ideal. But I have found that there is some Christmas art that is robustly, proudly evergreen, in large measure because of how deeply shot through it is with brilliance, even genius, the latter being akin to Father Time, who always manages to outlast Father Christmas on any stroll the two set out on together.
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Listening to scores of vocal jazz records, all contemporary, it is easy to lose the trees for the forest, particularly the redwoods. Ella Fitzgerald was one of those rarified talents one took for grated, as she was so damn good that her talent became transparent. Rated with Sarah Vaughan and Billie Holiday as one of the most important female jazz vocalists, Fitzgerald can reasonably be deemed the most important because of her flawless execution and elocution.
Bah humbug! Far too many Christmas albums are cynical efforts by artists recycling the same old songs to bolster their catalog sales. It doesn't have to be that way — great holiday music can elevate your spirit and thrill your ears. For this list, we culled the best Christmas albums: ones that you want to listen to year after year, not fascinating novelties.