If you prefer your holiday music lively and a bit down home, look no further. Performing on banjo and fiddle—with the occasional mandolin or guitar—the Pine Street String Band delivers instrumental ... (Read More)
Giving one hundred percent as always, Barbra Streisand here sings 11 favorites for the Christmas season. Apart from a humorous and rollicking "Jingle Bells," the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award ... (Read More)
Exhibiting a lifelong enthusiasm for Christmas, Barry Manilow has returned to seasonal favorites and winter-themed classics throughout his career, and this anthology features 16 of his best ... (Read More)
Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby & Rosemary Clooney, Guy Lombardo, Dick Robertson & others.
Label: Direct Source. Format: CD.
UPC: 779836872920. Daedalus Item Code: 67423
You don't have to be told that Louis Armstrong loves the holidays, because you can hear it in his crooned rendition of "White Christmas"; on the other hand, the song's best-known performer Bing ... (Read More)
Blending virtuosity, dance rhythms, and that distinct and evocative Celtic tone, this is a holiday album that is fitting for any time of year. Making excellent use of guitar, fiddle, dobro, harp, ... (Read More)
Charles Brown with Lowell Fulson, Bobby Powell, Louis Jordan, Big Joe Williams & others.
Label: Fuel 2000 Records. Format: CD.
UPC: 030206106824. Daedalus Item Code: 67064
In the 1940s, Charles Brown established himself as the master of the R&B Yuletide tune with "Merry Christmas Baby" and "Please Come Home for Christmas," both heard here. Brown is equally smooth and ... (Read More)
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Perhaps you're as astonished as we are that a half-century has elapsed since the debut of A Charlie Brown Christmas; not surprisingly, Vince Guaraldi's unforgettable songs have lost none of ... (Read More)
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There's something about handbells that instantly evokes Christmas, and so this simple yet resonant instrument is front and center on these 20 Christmas carols, backed by piano. Serving also as a ... (Read More)
With its ability to create a feeling of spirituality and community, choral music has always been a part of the Christmas experience. Fans of traditional Christmas carols will find much to savor among ... (Read More)
If you prefer that your Christmas have some spring in its step, the NOLA Players will oblige you with this 14-song sampler. Led by pianist Mike Esneault, these 18 Crescent City pros—including ... (Read More)
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Die Gruppe für Alte Musik München. Martin Zöbeley, director.
Label: Ars Musici. Format: CD.
UPC: 4011222322357. Daedalus Item Code: 67413
Christmas has long been an inspiration to composers, and this intriguing program by the Gruppe für Alte Musik München highlights some less frequently heard a capella selections from the Renaissance. ... (Read More)
Etta James, vocals. Cedar Walton, piano. Red Holloway, saxophone.
Label: Allegro. Format: CD.
UPC: 723721727659. Daedalus Item Code: 67509
Holiday albums are legion, but it's hard to imagine a cooler one than this 1998 disc by Etta James. Backed by pianist/arranger Cedar Walton and sax man Red Holloway, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement ... (Read More)