Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Label: UME Direct
James Taylor's graceful delivery and natural warmth fit the holiday season like a home-knitted scarf. Pianist Dave Grusin helps craft the loose, jazzy backings, while guest stars Chris Botti, John Pizzarelli, Natalie Cole and Toots Thielesmans only add to the friendly fireside glow. Very few modern seasonal sets can approach the cherished family classics by Bing, Frank or Vince Guaraldi. James Taylor comes pretty darn close.