Each years holiday time brings some treats for the season. This year is no exception, with new seasonal favorites sure to join the Christmas chestnuts you pull out each year.
Of course, there are some that dont measure up as well. Maybe theyre like the proverbial fruitcake that gets passed around each year, and there are really only a couple clinkers. Its Christmas time we can wish, right?
Various Artists: Ill Be Home For Christmas (Windham Hill)
Easily one of the best holiday discs of this or any other year. It covers a lot of ground stylistically, from light, swinging jazz (Phillipe Saisses Winter Wonderland and Sean Harkness covering the Charlie Brown classic Christmas Time Is Here by Vince Guaraldi) to more classically-oriented and new age pieces such as Tracy Silvermans O Holy Night. Not that all is sweetness and light: Piano favorite George Winston grabs his harmonica for a way-too honky-tonk version of Sussex Carol. But for the most part this is engaging music with the spirit of the holidays intact.