It was only a matter of time before the prolific Verve Remixed series dipped into the Verve catalog and gave some holiday chestnuts the 21st century remix treatment. Producers Dahlia Ambach Caplin and Todd C. Roberts get it just about right on Verve Remixed Christmas. Whether you enjoy this serving of holiday cheer depends on how much you enjoy your Dinah Washington and Count Basie outfitted by Brazilian Girls and The Real Tuesday Weld. (The original versions are available on the companion disc, Verve Unmixed Christmas.) Some remixes are as chilly as a gust of wind from the North Pole and others leave you with that warm feeling after a couple servings of eggnog (the Heavy Remix of “‘‘Zat You, Santa Claus” by Louis Armstrong is particularly delightful). Verve Remixed Christmas adds a dash of soul, if not sophistication, to the ever-growing holiday music spread.
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