Category Christmas

Firemakers- N’we Jinan and Youth Artists

with producer David Hodges, this is Vol 7 of songs youth of various Nations wrote lyrics for and produced this amazing collection with hip hop beats and heart-felt words often sung in traditional languages.  http://www.nwejinan.com  also on soundcloud.com/nwejinan

Various Artists (Putumayo) Joy to the World

Local favorite label cranks out another solid compilation! Wonderful takes on old favorites as well as regional favorites. Try: 1,4,7,9,10  RIYL: Xmas tunes! FCC:Clean

The U.S. Army Blues-Swinging in the Holidays [Summit Records]

Classic Christmas tunes, lush orchestral sound, dynamic arrangements and swinging in the right places.  Nice vocals (Christal Rheams).  Enjoy!

Duo Virtuoso

Duo Murasaki is committed to performing new and overlooked pieces for cello and piano. This disc has works on known composers, sample due to length. Try 3-5.

Jefferson Friedman & Craig Wedren–On In Love

Classical/avant/rock pieces with pleasant-voiced male voice, abstract lyrics. Pieces range from intense to quiet. Try 3,4, 8,9.

The Piano Guys–A Family Christmas

Contemporary cutesy versions for those inclined to “lite” classical.

Musical Gifts from Joshua Bell & Friends

Well done Xmas compilation of contemporary or jazzy versions with big names involved (Alison Krauss, Placido Domingo, Chick Corea, etc).

Christmas Cheer-Randall Paskemin

High energy drum and song that tell a story with humor and family inclusive as weasels come to life with songs to share. Track 3 begins the story and tracks 4,5,6 include the weasels voices. Randall is from the Sweetgrass First Nation of Saskatchewan, plays with Warscout Drum Group and lives in Utah.

Snow Globe

Erasure made a Christmas album. #yesreally It has some classics on it and it is SO worth playing these electro infused holiday tracks. LABEL: Mute FCC: None PLAY: 2, 3, 6 RIYL: Christmas Songs