By Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz

Vocalist Martina DaSilva, perhaps best known as the leader of retro-current purveyors The Ladybugs, teams up with bassist Dan Chmielinski, one of wunderkind pianist Joey Alexander’s stabilizers of choice, for a set of smartly arranged, playfully virtuosic takes on holiday favorites. DaSilva delivers new wrinkles and acrobatics, working with her overdubbed self on the “Greensleeves” opener but mostly serving as the sole vocal presence, and Chmielinski, whether walking, comping, or dazzling with orchestral aplomb, fills the canvas like few bassists can. Their chemistry is exceptional and the fun they’re so obviously having is contagious.

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