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Waxed 40 years ago, these blaring big band charts were inked by Ralph Charmichael, famous for his mainstream arrangements of religious fare. Nevertheless, all the brassy Kenton signatures sing out--from the steely trombones to the inventive clang of glockenspiels. A rousing bonus track by former Kenton trumpeter Maynard Ferguson nearly steals the show. The ambitious medley, titled--fanfare please--"Christmas for Moderns," frames MF's signature high notes. With ears twitching, the family pup no doubt will howl along.

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