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WHEN I THINK OF CHRISTMAS

When I Think Of Christmas


Chris Bennett has never pretended to be someone who sticks to straight-ahead jazz 100 percent of the time; she sings jazz, but she also performs a lot of pop -- and for Bennett, pop can mean either adult contemporary or traditional pop of the pre-rock variety. Some jazz enthusiasts wish she would record straight-ahead jazz exclusively, but in fact, Bennett is appealing in both jazz and non-jazz settings. When I Think of Christmas is the Los Angeles resident's first Christmas album, and once you get past the Christmas-oriented lyrics, it is fairly typical of her musical outlook -- one that is relevant to jazz as well as pop. Bennett's more jazz-oriented side asserts itself on the familiar "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," Claude Thornhill's '40s classic "Snowfall" (which receives a bossa nova treatment), and a surprisingly bluesy arrangement of "Do You Hear What I Hear," which alludes to Miles Davis' "All Blues." But there's no getting around the fact that much of the album is straight-up pop, which could be anything from a '40s-like performance of Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" to the adult contemporary approach she favors on the sentimental "It Wouldn't Be Christmas" (a Bennett original). If Bennett feels the need to divide her time between jazz and pop, there is no reason why she shouldn't -- as long as she does so tastefully, that is. And even though a few of the tracks are a little too schmaltzy for their own good, When I Think of Christmas is tasteful more often than not and paints a generally likable, if imperfect, picture of Bennett's jazz and non-jazz talents. ~ Alex Henderson, Rovi

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  • Label: Rhombus Records
  • UPC: 768707600120
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Track listings

  • 1. Do You Hear What I Hear
  • 2. Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
 
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  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
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