Wynton Marsalis, trumpet. Victor Goines, tenor saxophone & clarinet. Dan Nimmer, piano. Elliot Mason, trombone, & others.
Label: Blue Engine Records. Format: CD.
UPC: 857509005032. Daedalus Item Code: 79040
Brassy and undeniably swinging, these 2012–14 live recordings by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra turn back the clock to the golden age of big bands. Along with instrumental versions of "Jingle ... (Read More)
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Longtime collaborators with a penchant for Christmas music from the British Isles, Linn Barnes and Allison Hampton present here 19 of their own favorites, recorded throughout their career. Using such ... (Read More)
Cody Shuler, mandolin. Wayne Crowe, bass. Arvil Freeman, fiddle. Bruce Moody, guitar. Raymond Fairchild, banjo.
Label: Rural Rhythm. Format: CD.
UPC: 732351050020. Daedalus Item Code: 77406
As surely as this disc sets a holiday mood, it can also be played any time of the year; as bluegrass goes, this is the real thing, played by ace musicians. The "King of the Smoky Mountain Banjo ... (Read More)
Keep your Christmas party swinging with the UK's Puppini Sisters, who expertly blend jazz, doo-wop, and Andrews Sisters–style harmonies to make music that is meant to bring a smile. On this 2010 ... (Read More)
Diana Krall, piano & vocals. The Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra.
Label: Verve. Format: CD.
UPC: 602498821213. Daedalus Item Code: 79648
If you're dreaming of a swinging Christmas, Diana Krall has you covered with her sultry renditions of 12 holiday classics. One of the many pleasures of this disc is that it offers an opportunity to ... (Read More)
Timeless and enchanting, Emmylou Harris's 1979 Christmas album features stripped-down arrangements of such songs as "The First Noel," "Away in a Manger," "Silent Night," and "O Little Town of ... (Read More)
Choir of the Monks of Monserrat Abbey & Choir of the Benedictine Abbey Münsterschwarzach.
Label: Deutsche Grammophon. Format: CD.
UPC: 028947780212. Daedalus Item Code: 79653
Atmospheric and timeless, the sound of Gregorian chant has captivated listeners for centuries, appealing to believers and nonbelievers alike. Recorded in 1973 in its lofty Catalonian monastery, the ... (Read More)
Bringing a fresh approach to choral music, Essential Voices USA takes Christmas favorites seriously; here the New York City–based ensemble is backed by piano and harp on creative adaptations of ... (Read More)
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James Taylor, guitar & vocals. Dave Carpenter, bass. Larry Goldings, piano. Vinnie Colaiuta, drums, & others.
Label: Universal. Format: CD.
UPC: 602537173402. Daedalus Item Code: 79654
From contemporary folk (Joni Mitchell's "River") to spirituals ("Go Tell It on the Mountain") to European traditional ("In the Bleak Midwinter" and "Auld Lang Syne") and American popular song ("Have ... (Read More)
John Birch, organ. The Bach Choir. Over the Bridge. Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. John Rutter, conductor.
Label: Decca. Format: CD.
UPC: 602527822129. Daedalus Item Code: 79644
One of the modern masters of choral composition, John Rutter presents his piece "The Colours of Christmas," as well as 22 exquisite adaptations of Christmas carols. Enlisting the Royal Philharmonic, ... (Read More)
Discovering another aspect of Joseph Haydn is always a pleasure, and on this 2001 disc, "Papa" is represented by the pastoral Christmas songs "Hör Nachbar" and "Ei, wer hätt ihm das Ding gedenkt" as ... (Read More)
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Recorded in an Ontario church and an Irish abbey, Loreena McKennitt's 1987 solo album is positively ethereal; with minimal arrangements based on harp and viol, the Canadian soprano's crystalline ... (Read More)