It's A Holiday Soul Party (CD)

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings come up with a winning set of originals and classic holiday tunes, all rendered in their impeccably performed and produced retro-funk-soul style. The band strikes all the right notes, from celebratory (a “White Christmas” rave-up is an easy standout) to wistful (“Ain’t No Chimneys in the Projects” and “Please Come Home for Christmas” are especially touching). It hangs together beautifully as a set and would work perfectly as an upbeat backdrop to any holiday soiree. Pull out the martini glasses and get festive with Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings!

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Big Band Holidays (CD)

Wynton Marsalis combines his smooth, distinctly modern trumpet sound and with the wonderful Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra to make the funnest, most nostalgic Christmas trip you've taken. Taking classic Christmas carols and a couple of originals, Wynton Marsalis breathes new life into the holidays with neo-swing, bossa nova, and New Orleans jazz sounds.

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The Wexford Carols (CD)

Caitríona O'Leary provides the ultimate elixir to cure the holiday blues that come from hearing "Wonderful Christmastime" or "Feliz Navidad" for the millionth time. Using producer Joe Henry's distinctly clean, mature sound, O'Leary remakes and reexamines darker Celtic carols that were originally composed in the wake-of Catholic purging in the 17th century. Transcendent!

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