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A Hot Christmas

by Lee Engele

An album of holiday songs destined to become new classics! Performed by the timeless voice of Lee Engele and backed by Reynold Philipsek, Matt Senjem, and Gary Schulte. All three of these popular musicians are veterans of several notable hot club and gypsy jazz ensembles. Also features special guest percussionist Beth Varela. Lee has created holiday music that combines the sound of jazz, pop, and gypsy jazz, creating a fun and a fresh take on well-known holiday favorites.
Genre: Holiday: Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. (Everybody's Waiting) For the Man with the Bag
4:20 $1.29
2. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
1:55 $1.29
3. I'll Be Home (For Christmas)
3:26 $1.29
4. Baby, It's Cold Outside
3:41 $1.29
5. It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
4:15 $1.29
6. White Christmas
4:20 $1.29
7. Silver Bells
2:51 $1.29
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Lee Engele’s Christmas Collection Celebrates With Joyful Strings
Reviewed by Andrea Canter, Jazz Police

Twin Cities vocalist Lee Engele knows how to swing, which was clear on her 2010 release, In the Key of L. Bringing a sleigh-full of cheer to her first holiday EP release, A Hot Christmas, she again has the expert help of equally swinging “elves” — guitarist Reynold Philipsek, violinist Gary Schulte, and bassist Matt Senjem, with percussionist Beth Varela joining on four tracks. The string-men here — all veterans of acclaimed hot club ensembles — could elevate any recording, and one would be hard pressed to think of a more joyful rhythm section on such fare as “(Everybody’s Waiting) for the Man With the Bag” and “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” which perhaps best display Engele’s swaying serenading. But it’s her duets with Philipsek that truly stand out here: A fast-paced “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow” is arranged for just voice, guitar and background percussion; and the charming “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”is a vocal sparring match between Lee and Reynold (who adds some jingle bells), also highlighting Schulte’s soaring violin.

For more info on Lee's appearances and other musicsee: www.leeengele.com



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