Trumpeter Chris Pasin's latest is a shiny silver Christmas ornament, and a fine jazz album, too. On Baby It's Cold Outside, Pasin and friends bop through 11 holiday classics with flair and grace. Pasin likes to leave lots of room; that works well with these sturdy melodies made new. Pianist Armen Donelian is a delight on "Santa Claus is Coming to Town"; guitarist Peter Einhorn provides the sonic palette for "God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman"; and Pasin doesn't even play on "Greensleeves," leaving the tune to Donelian and vocalist Patricia Dalton Fennell (who also produces the disc). She and Pasin make the title track into a dialogue rather than a song, like a snowbound Nichols and May. And Scott Petito's clean engineering makes every note shine.
Pasin and his all-star jazz ensemble will pop into Hudson Hall on 12/9 for a concert that is sure to capture the holiday spirit.