Annie Lennox, piano, flute & vocals. Mike Stevens, guitar & bass. Barry van Zyl, percussion, & others.
Label: Decca. Format: CD.
UPC: 602527533094. Daedalus Item Code: 79643
A singer who has always done things her own way, Annie Lennox—who was born on Christmas day in 1954—brings her delightful maverick spirit to this 2010 holiday album. Of the selections, the four-time ... (Read More)
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)
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)
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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Catríona O'Leary, with Tom Jones, Rosanne Cash & Rhiannon Giddens.
Label: Heresy Records. Format: CD.
UPC: 5060268640627. Daedalus Item Code: 79044
Topping Billboard's World Music Chart, this 2014 collection by Caitríona O'Leary draws upon exquisite Irish carols from the 17th and 18th centuries, many of them rare even in their native land. As ... (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)
Although he was most associated with jazz and bossa nova, Charlie Byrd also studied with Andrés Segovia; these hushed, classical-style renditions of Christmas favorites are welcome listening any time ... (Read More)
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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)
The Wailin' Jennys, Dale Watson & His Lonestars, Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, John Gorka, the Pines & others.
Label: Red House Records. Format: CD.
UPC: 033651029021. Daedalus Item Code: 79750
For nearly 35 years, Red House Records has been one of the premier Americana labels, and here at Daedalus, this 12-song sampler is our favorite Christmas disc this year. Bypassing the usual seasonal ... (Read More)
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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)
Elizabeth Mitchell, with Natalie Merchant, Aoife O'Donovan, Dan Zanes, Happy Traum, Peggy Seeger & others.
Label: Smithsonian Folkways. Format: CD.
UPC: 093074507421. Daedalus Item Code: 79041
Gathering material and inspiration from Ruth Crawford Seeger's pioneering 1953 anthology songbook American Folk Songs for Christmas, Elizabeth Mitchell uses her soothing voice and arrangements ... (Read More)
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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)