Cool Christmas Collection
Recommended by Deb, one of our Adult Reference librarians.
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Feeling frazzled from the holiday hustle and bustle? Pop in this fantastic collection of Christmas favorites with a smooth jazz twist by one of my favorite jazz artists and extremely talented saxophonist, Dave Koz.
Christmas classics with spice and salsa. Originally from Havana, Cuba and raised in South Florida, Jon Secada has infused his Latin roots and Spanish rhythms into every ballad on this holiday CD. An accomplished musician with a Master's degree, he has won two Grammy Awards and sold 20 million albums since his English cross-over debut in 1992. Perfect for a party that will inspire everyone to samba around the tree to "Jingle Bells."
Grammy-nominated, New Age composer and pianist, Jim Brickman, blends the timelessness and romanticism of Christmas on his 16th career release entitled, Homecoming. My favorite tracks on this holiday CD are his original compositions, "Thanksgiving" and "Gathering." The comforting spirit of home is omnipresent throughout his piano artistry. So gather the family and friends to celebrate the season and a special homecoming with Jim Brickman.
Tenor saxophonist and instrumentalist extraordinaire, Boney James, displays his soulful style on this CD of traditional holiday classics featuring duets with great jazz artists such as Rick Braun. His soprano sax glides effortlessly on his interpretation of "Skating," one of the original songs made famous in A Charlie Brown's Christmas. The last song, "Auld Lang Syne," reflects both sadness and hope that we all feel as one year ends and a new one begins.
Young vocalist and global sensation, Josh Groban, unleashes his exquisite baritone voice on his first Christmas compilation, Noel. Recorded in LA and the famed Abbey Road Studio in London with Grammy-winning producer David Foster, this collection of Christmas classics features duets with Brian McKnight and Faith Hill. The wistful, "I'll Be Home For Christmas," begins with holiday messages from troops stationed in Iraq. I'd recommend putting this CD on your wish-list and under the tree for your loved ones.