Category: christmas

2004 Jazz Holiday CDs Round Up Part 2 »

I?ve always thought jazz is the best genre for Christmas music. The intimacy of the jazz trio especially can make for some of the most enjoyable music of the holiday season. Multi-Grammy winning vocalist Dianne Reeves proves this on her first seasonal recording Christmas Time Is Here. With the exception of a small number of […]

2004 Jazz Holiday CDs Round Up Part 1 »

The Heads Up label has made easily available two holiday releases that had previously only been available online. The Yellowjackets and Hiroshima both had seasonal CDs available through the web sites but, since both groups are on the label?s roster, they now enjoy retail exposure and greater online availability. You can hear music from both […]

Review: Spirit of the Season from Hiroshima »

Even though Hiroshima had songs on a couple of Windham Hill holiday compilations, Spirit of the Season is the first full holiday release from the band. After listening to this 11-song collection, I’m ready for the sequel. This is an excellent holiday recording and makes me wonder why they haven’t done it before. June Kuramoto’s […]

Review: Yellowjackets – Peace Round »

The Yellowjackets celebrate the holiday season with their first complete recording of Christmas music. This is the easiest review I?ve ever had to write. If you like the Yellowjackets, or if you like the sounds of the season, buying Peace Round is a no-brainer. Russell Ferrante notes that there are some challenges in recording a […]

Review: Peace Round from Yellowjackets »

The Yellowjackets celebrate the holiday season with their first complete recording of Christmas music. This is the easiest review I’ve ever had to write. If you like the Yellowjackets, or if you like the sounds of the season, buying Peace Round is a no-brainer. Russell Ferrante notes that there are some challenges in recording a […]

Review: Boney’s Funky Christmas from Boney James »

[This is an archived review I wrote at some point between 1997 and 1999.] The ads for Boney’s first holiday release call this “the album to put on after you put the kids to bed.” Sure enough, Boney’s Funky Christmas features the seductive grooves you know the saxman for. This is the smoothest Christmas release I’ve heard […]