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'Straight No Chaser' podcast features; Laila Biali's 'Silent Night'

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Looking to pick up some new jazz music for the Christmas season. Well, be sure to check this sampler of some of the best choices for new Christmas music this season. There's so much to choose from, with new albums from Warren Wolf and Brian Bromberg on Mack Avenue Records (What? No "Christmas on Mack Avenue" this year?); a compilation of Peggy Lee's classic Christmas music; and vocal albums from Nils Landgren, Amber Weekes, and Jamie Cullum. Add to it a pair of one-offs from Norah Jones and Laila Biali, and you've got quite a selection from which to choose. 

Maybe the best of the bunch is the hard swinging Christmas in 3D from the 3D Jazz Trio. A separate podcast will feature a conversation with the three women who make up this top-flight group, with more music to share.

Podcast 782 includes selections of New Music for Christmas, including: Laila Biali - "Silent Night."

JUNO-winning artist Laila Biali offers a stirring gospel-infused arrangement of Silent Night, featuring John Ellis on tenor sax. Biali grew up singing the classic carol in harmony with her sisters at candlelit Christmas Eve services year after year, and you can feel the emotion and nostalgia in her powerful delivery. This version of Silent Night features the following personnell.

Laila Biali – vocals, piano, arrangement
John Ellis – tenor saxophone
Glenn Patscha – B3 organ
George Koller – bass
Ben Wittman – drums

See Biali's upcoming virtual concert "Christmas in the Chapel", happening Dec 6 .

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