December 12th – The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)

Song: The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
Album: Louis Armstrong & Friends, What a Wonderful Christmas (compilation album)
Performer: Mel Tormé
Writer: Mel Tormé & Robert Wells
Year: 1998

I’ve never described anyone’s voice being “smooth as silk” but I just can’t find a better way to describe Mel Tormé’s voice. With key changes and a lot of chromaticism, the melody to The Christmas Song isn’t exactly easy to sing. Tormé captures it beautifully in this stripped down live version. There’s some tasteful jazz trio with clarinet to back him up but that silky voice is really the star.