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New Or­leans Christ­mas Pu­tu­mayo £10.99

New Or­leans and cel­e­bra­tion go to­gether like mistle­toe and kisses and, if any­thing, the dev­as­ta­tion wrought by Hur­ri­cane Ka­t­rina seems to have­made the city’s mu­si­cians even­more de­ter­mined to wel­come the world to their party. So, here are 11 Yule­tide hits given a shot of the blues and swing­ing fit to shake your booty. Cres­cent City fam­ily pa­tri­arch, El­lis Marsalis’s pi­ano in­ven­tion turns God Rest Ye Merry Gentle­meninto a gen­uine jazz ve­hi­cle, the New Birth Brass Band of­fer a typ­i­cally bois­ter­ous street party and their singer, James An­drews pinches Louis Arm­strong’s Christ­mas in­New Or­leans and gives it his own suave stamp.

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