Music News 12/4/2019


These are three new titles worth having:

Los Lobos, LLEGO NAVIDAD (Rhino, $16.98) – The pioneering Mexican-American group from East L.A., featuring David Hidalgo, Louie Perez, Cesar Rosas, Conrad Lozano and Steve Berlin, have been together for over 40 years. Los Lobos selected 12 Christmas-related songs from across North, Central and South America for the album, and wrote a new one as well, “Christmas and You.” 

NOTE: Los Lobos will be at the DC City Winery next week for two nights, December 12 & 13.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, BIG BAND HOLIDAYS II (Blue Engine, $17.98) – Music director Wynton Marsalis and the LCJO have returned with their second holiday album. They have assembled great performances from their holiday shows over the last four years. Each song is newly arranged by members of the band, and many feature some great vocalists: Catherine Russell has three songs, including a fun “What Will Santa Say? (When He Finds Everybody Swingin’),” Veronica Swift (“Everybody’s Waitin’ for) The Mand with the Bag,” Denzal Sinclaire & Audrey Shakir (a bluesy “Silent Night”). And the whole band listens as the Queen of Soul herself, Aretha Franklin, performs “Oh Tanenbaum” at the piano. The whole album is a joy and a delight!

Judy Collins & Jonas Fjeld, WINTER STORIES (Wildflower, $16.98) – The legendary Ms. Collins is joined by Norwegian singer-songwriter Jonas Fjeld and North Carolina bluegrass band, Chatham County Line for an album centered on the winter season. This is not an album of carols, but a true seasonal album blending folk, country and bluegrass.

NOTE: Judy Collins and Jonas Fjeld will perform their Winter Stories show at the Birchmere, December 6 and 7.


We just received copies of the October, the Awards Issue, and November Gramophone Magazine, directly from England.

They are on display in the Classical Music CD section.

I will write about some of the 2019 Awards winners next week, but here are two recent album from 2018 Awards winners:

JOHANNES OCKEGHEM: COMPLETE SONGS VOLUME 1 (Blue Heron, $19.99) – Boston’s a capella group, Blue Heron, won the Best Early Music Award for their Peterhouse Partbook Vol 5 recording. They now embark on a complete song project of Johannes Ockeghem (ca. 1420 – 1497).