Lynette Washington's Jazz Holiday CD

Lynette Washington's Long, Long Ago (A Jazz Celebration of Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa) is an obscure release that ought to be in the collection of any jazz fan celebrating any of the season's holidays. It ist one of the finest modern mainstream performances in recent years.

Nothing about this album is familiar, yet every one of the six songs provides more immediate gratification to someone who's really listening than comfort food fare ever can. “Always Christmas” is a post-bop barn-burner, “Long, Long Ago” a ballad in need of an extinguisher and “Kwanzaa” an African- jazz hybrid that'll get people to observe the holiday just so they can play this song.

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