Charles Brown

Bullseye

This is the real deal: seasonal slow- dance tunes by a master of the form. Charles Brown, who wrote the eternal verities of “Please Come Home for Christmas” and “Merry Christmas Baby,” has been stroking the 88s for nearly 50 years. His mastery of the piano is matched by his sly but soulful vocal style, which has influenced herds of singers. Charles Brown’s Cool Christmas Blues is grown-up Christmas music for your inner teen-ager—sensuous, witty, and perfectly suited to the shank of the party, when everyone is weaving slightly and a downbeat air fills the room like the scent of a freshly cut pine tree.