Putumayo Presents: New Orleans Christmas

Putumayo Presents: New Orleans Christmas

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Overview

This bright little compilation of Christmas tunes done New Orleans style takes on a little extra poignancy given the city's continued efforts to rebuild and rebound from the tremendous destruction that came with the landfall of Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005. But hurricane or not, Christmas is a time of celebration, and the musicians of New Orleans have never had any kind of problem with celebrating, so a kind of reaffirmation is at work here that is cool to hear. Among the highlights are Big Al Carson and Lars Edegran's jazzed-up version of "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," singer James Andrews' hybrid jazz and R&B approach (which owes more than a little to Louis Armstrong) on "Christmas in New Orleans," and the delightfully ragged, loose and joyous "Santa's Second Line" by the New Birth Brass Band, which also features some improvised singing from Andrews in the outro. This isn't the end-all and be-all of Christmas collections, but it has a refreshing feel of normalcy, and that, given all that New Orleans has been through, is a comfort.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/03/2006
Label: Putumayo World Music
UPC: 0790248025629
catalogNumber: 256

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Dukes of Dixieland   Composer
Ellis Marsalis   Arranger
Buck Ram   Composer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Lars Edegran   Photo Courtesy
Kim Gannon   Composer
Walter Kent   Composer
Jorge Maldonado   translation
Jason Marsalis   Photo Courtesy
Hugh Martin   Composer
Dick Sherman   Composer
Don Vappie   Photo Courtesy
Dan Storper   Executive Producer,Song Selection
Ralph Blane   Composer
Nicola Heindl   Illustrations,Cover Art
Joe Van Winkle   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Roger Robles   Photo Courtesy
K. James   Composer
Julien Massardier   translation
Jack Fox   Composer
Michael Crook   Photo Courtesy
Roger Hahn   Liner Notes
Linda Nix   Photo Courtesy

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5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Andrew_T More than 1 year ago
If you find yourself looking for a little something extra this holiday season, but still want to get an album where they're still singing traditional Christmas songs, this is the one. New Orleans/Dixieland jazz renditions of several jazz standards plus a few originals from The Big Easy.

The album has a very warm and vintage feeling to it and I applaud Putumayo for this collection. If you want something to play to facilitate conversation and for the most part give your Christmas party a little atmosphere you can't go wrong with this CD. I bought it last year and its the first one I pulled out this year.

Notables include the Big Al Carson tune at the beginning that gets the album off to a lively start, the Ellis Marsalis Trio instrumental "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," Banu Gibson, and the second to last track "Santa's Second Line" with a bouncing tuba melody carrying the thing through.

Happy Holidays!