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The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol

When: Tue., Dec. 15, 8 & 10 p.m. 2009

After two consecutive years of Lady Day tributes, Faye Carol has opted for a more traditional holiday album. Yet, in Carol’s world, “traditional” is still carte blanche for “anything goes.” Even “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” gets a blues treatment on the singer’s new album, Carolizing Christmas, with stride piano comping from her daughter Kito Gamble (aka Sista Kee), and a husky saxophone from Howard Wiley. Both will appear alongside Carol on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at Yoshi’s (510 Embarcadero, Oakland), along with drummer Darrell Green and bassist Ron Belcher. All of these musicians have played together for decades and have so much chemistry that they can make a stage show feel as loose and free as a jam session. Wiley and Gamble tend to play in an older style, but their harmonies are still amazingly complex and elegant. Belcher and Green provide a deep pocket, while Carol is so imaginative that there’s no telling how she’ll tweak the format. The verb “carolize” has infinite meanings, after all. 8 & 10 p.m., $20, $12.

Rachel Swan

Price: $12-$20

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