FLEMING Christmas in New York 0743897
I pressed play and was won over by the relaxed enjoyment of all concerned (Kurt Elling, Rufus Wainwright, Gregory Porter) . . . there's something that's ultimately so . . . so strangely authentic about it. And isn't singing with friends such an important part of Christmas? It's a Broadway Christmas, no mistake, but nothing jars -- and the musicianship is as perfect as the teeth, the hair and the cheekbones. I'm deeply allergic to saccharine but, against all my prejudiced expectations, nothing cloyed . . . Even "Have yourself a merry little Christmas" (with Porter) for once sounded almost merry. Go Renée!