December 31st – Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong – I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm

A party record for New Year’s Eve.

This is another not-really-a-Christmas-song that still features regularly on Christmas albums and thus meets my fairly loose criteria for inclusion.  Most people know Ella’s Songbook version of I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm but not quite so many are familiar with the duet from her second album with Louis.

Exchanging the former’s joyous Paul Weston arrangement for the peerless quartet of Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Herb Ellis and Louie Bellson, Mr and Mrs Jazz do that thing of sounding utterly spontaneous on material they know inside and out.