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Aretha Franklin previously unreleased Christmas track is coming out

“Big Band Holidays II” from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will feature the late icon singing “O Tannebaum” in two languages.

Aretha Franklin performs during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, in New York. | Charles Sykes/AP
Aretha Franklin performs during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival in New York in 2017. | Charles Sykes/AP

NEW YORK — Christmas is bringing the gift of a previously unreleased Aretha Franklin recording.

“Big Band Holidays II” from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will feature the late icon singing “O Tannebaum.” Franklin performed the song as she played the piano at a 2015 holiday concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center; her performance of the classic, in both English and German, was a surprise.

It will be featured on the album, which is being digitally released on Oct. 25 and will be in stores on Nov. 2. Few songs have been released from Franklin since her death in August 2018.