Not another Christmas album! Isn?t it enough that there are hundreds, if not thousands, of new ones every year; not to mention the fact that every cheesy radio station, department store and auto mechanic waiting room plays nothing but tired holiday ?classics? from November through January? We need a new Christmas album about as much as we need that third piece of pecan pie, right? Yes, Virginia, this is all quite true. And yet, amidst the noise and the clutter of the holiday CD rack, there are still those rare gems ? Vince Guaraldi?s Charlie Brown Christmas, definitive versions of songs by Mel Torme, Ramsey Lewis and Dexter Gordon ? that we always appreciate and return to again and again. This is the music that we think of when we think of the spirit of the season ? uniquely conceived, beautifully rendered, fresh and timeless. This, Virginia, is what you?ll find on Fifth & St. Nick: Seasonal Songs Re-Imagined for Solo Guitar, a debut instrumental album from Jeremy Abbate, one of the freshest talents in the guitar-playing universe, that is sure to enter into the pantheon of delicious holiday listening treats. Abbate?s indefinable melodic approach informs all of his varied musical projects, especially this wholly satisfying collection of holiday songs. The latest release from the Musique Impossible imprint of the Waxfruit/Stereorrific Recordings label, Fifth & St. Nick, with its simple, elegant production along with fresh arrangements and a superior playing technique, promises to have listeners entranced well past December.