Putumayo Presents: New Orleans Christmas

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/3/2006
  • Label: Putumayo World Music
  • UPC: 790248025629
  • Catalog Number: 256
  • Sales rank: 150,996

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town - Lars Edegran & His Santa Claus Revelers (3:32)
  2. 2 Christmas in New Orleans - James Andrews (4:08)
  3. 3 'Zat You, Santa Claus? - Ingrid Lucia (3:54)
  4. 4 Silver Bells - Gregg Stafford (4:03)
  5. 5 I'll Be Home for Christmas - Banu Gibson & New Orleans Hot Jazz (2:42)
  6. 6 Please Come Home for Christmas - Don Vappie (3:51)
  7. 7 God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Ellis Marsalis (3:07)
  8. 8 White Christmas - John Boutté (3:09)
  9. 9 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Lars Edegran & His Santa Claus Revelers (4:50)
  10. 10 Santa's Second Line (4:14)
  11. 11 Holiday Time in New Orleans (4:01)
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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
Emily Lazar Mastering
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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Amazed this hasn't been reviewed

    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. <BR/><BR/>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.<BR/><BR/>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.<BR/><BR/>Happy Holidays!

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