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HOLIDAY MUSIC, 2009

New for 2009:
Pick Hits:
Carla Bley, CARLA’S CHRISMAS CAROLS (ECM, $17.98)—Jazz pianist and composer Carla Bley arranges and plays some wonderful Christmas tunes, along with Steve Swallow on bass, and the marvelous Partyka Brass Quintet. Traditional with a twist…Highly recommended.

Sting, IF ON A WINTER’S NIGHT… (DG, $16.98)—Sting’s album is a quiet and thoughtful set of songs on the themes of winter and the yuletide season in the British Isles. Little-known carols are mixed with music by Purcell, Praetorius, as well as adaptations of Schubert and Bach, and a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson. Sting recruits some of the best Celtic musicians around, as well as the chamber choir, Stile Antico. This is a subdued and beautifully-arranged collection, in the face of the prevailing onslaught of “jolly” Christmas CDs.

Re-issue of the Season:
Phil Spector, A CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR YOU FROM PHIL SPECTOR (Sony, $9.98)—Originally released in 1963, this is one of the greatest Christmas albums of all time. Producer Spector was at his peak in creating his “wall of sound,” and the over-the-top renditions of holiday hits by the Ronettes, the Crystals, and Darlene Love will never be surpassed.

Other Titles:
Jerry Douglas, JERRY CHRISTMAS (Koch, $16.98)—the Dobro master
Bob Dylan, CHRISTMAS IN THE HEART (Columbia, $14.98)—one for the fans
Aretha Franklin, THIS CHRISTMAS (Rhino, $11.98)
Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Rufus & Martha Wainwright, A NOT SO SILENT NIGHT (Knitting Factory/Lorber Films, DVD, $29.98)—with guests Emmylou Harris, Lou Reed, and Laurie Anderson
Los Straitjackets, YULETIDE BEAT (Yep Roc, $11.99)
Kermit Ruffins, HAVE A CRAZY COOL CHRISTMAS (Basin Street, $16.98)
Tori Amos, MIDWINTER GRACES (Universal Republic, CD & DVD, $19.98)
Andrea Bocelli, MY CHRISTMAS (Philips, $18.98)
Straight No Chaser, CHRISTMAS CHEERS (Atlantic, $17.98)—more a capella
Putumayo, A FAMILY CHRISTMAS (Putumayo, $14.99)

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