With Charles Brown
's elegant piano style and a smooth voice that made him sound a little bit like a gruffer Nat King Cole
's jazz-tinged blues (or is it blues-tinged jazz?) is the perfect music for unwinding after a bleary-eyed night on the town. This set, in spite of its claims, isn't really "the very best" from Brown
, since it contains none of his classic Aladdin recordings from the late '40s and early '50s, but is comprised instead of sides he cut for Ohio's King Records in the early '60s, including the 1960 holiday hit "Please Come Home for Christmas" (the version here of Brown
's other holiday hit, "Merry Christmas Baby," is not the classic 1947 recording but a stereo remake). Not having the Aladdin material doesn't make this a bad collection (Brown
was too professional to ever make a bad recording), but it also doesn't make it particularly essential.