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New Orleans Christmas
Various Artists
New Orleans Christmas
Genres: Blues, Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, R&B
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New Orleans Christmas captures the unique and vibrant voice of this city with a collection of holiday favorites decked in the blues, jazz and swing flavors the Crescent City is famous for. The album opens with a familia...  more »


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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: New Orleans Christmas
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 2
Label: Putumayo World Music
Release Date: 10/3/2006
Genres: Blues, Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, R&B
Styles: Holiday & Wedding, Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 790248025629, 791325417092


Album Description
New Orleans Christmas captures the unique and vibrant voice of this city with a collection of holiday favorites decked in the blues, jazz and swing flavors the Crescent City is famous for. The album opens with a familiar favorite as Big Al Carson and Academy Award-winning Lars Edegran put a big band twist on Santa Claus is Coming to Town. Home-town favorite James Andrews summons up the spirit of New Orleans Christmas past, as the gravelly tones of his voice and trumpet evoke the raspy vocals of the great Louis Armstrong on Christmas in New Orleans. Other tunes get new twists as a bevy of notable musicians put their signature touches on the holiday classics: Ellis Marsalis tickles the ivories to bring new life into God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, while the internationally-known John Boutte dreams for snow to fall on the usually-warm city of his birth on his version of White Christmas, recording especially for this collection. Trumpeter and bandleader Gregg Stafford leads the Heritage Hall Jazz Band on their respectful and understated treatment of Silver Bells. Not to be forgotten, the new school of New Orleans music is also helping to get the jingle bells rockin'. The New Birth Brass Band gets the big guy dancing on Santa's Second Line, while Ingrid Lucia, a recent settler in the New Orleans area, teases the chords and the man in red on the playful Zat You, Santa Claus? Papa Don Vappie, The Dukes of Dixieland, Banu Gibson, and Topsy Chapman round out this musical feast of holiday proportions. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of New Orleans Christmas will be donated to New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity in support of their Musicians Village Project.

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CD Reviews

The Ultimate New Orleans Christmas CD
M. Evans | New Jersey USA | 11/30/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"My yearly tradition is to buy one new Christmas CD each year. This year, New Orleans Christmas was my choice. Just received today, I've already played it a half dozen times. If you love the Crescent City, Dixieland jazz, the spirit of Mardi Gras then this is the CD for you. Your toes will be tapping and you will want to be second lining. There are some of the old standards done New Orleans style and some tunes I have never heard before. My favorites are the last two tracks but they are all good. It's rare to find a CD where every song is a winner, this CD is one of those rarities."
Music for every holiday party
M. Cusanelli | New York, NY USA | 11/27/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This CD is perfect for any Christmas party. The music is upbeat and will put a smile on the face of the most jaded Scrooge in the group."
Simply a Fantastic Album!
Ronald H. Clark | WASHINGTON, DC USA | 12/20/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Both the "New York Times" and the "Washington Post" gave high marks to this Putomayo collection of classic New Orleans music, but if anything their favorable reviews were not enthusiastic enough. You can tell when you are hearing good traditional N.O. music because it becomes increasingly difficult to remain seated in your chair, and an overpowering desire to start strutting with an umbrella overcomes you. All of the cuts, drawn from a variety of sources, are outstanding. I particularly liked "Silver Bells" by the Heritage Hall Jazz band; "Please Come Home for Christmas" by the extraordinarily talented singer/banjoist Don Vappie (who has played here in D.C. with the Preservation Hall group); and especially the affecting rendition of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" by the incomparable Topsy Chapman. But this is not to slight the other cuts, for every one is a winner. For example, things get off to a great start with "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town" and never decrease in quality. The album reminds us how much a national treasure the city has been and will hopefully continue to be in the future."