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Tony DeSare: Christmas Home

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When singer and pianist Tony DeSare set out to create what he calls an “old-fashioned” Christmas album, he took as his model not 1957’s A Jolly Christmas With Frank Sinatra but that same year’s Close to You, a Nelson Riddle-arranged ballads session that paired Sinatra with the Hollywood String Quartet. DeSare, whose position among contemporary male crooners places him squarely between the pop sensibility of Michael Bublé and the jazz smarts of Harry Connick Jr., demonstrates his usual ease and agility across eight seasonal chestnuts and two originals. Apart from “O Holy Night” and “Silent Night,” the emphasis is on secular hits, among them a lightly swinging “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” and a cozy “The Christmas Song.”

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