Tired of the usual Christmas tunes? Don’t fancy another chestnut roasting round another open fire? Well, may we point you to a couple of new soul jams that offer fresh perspectives and soulful twists to the upcoming Yuletide.
First up there’s ‘Merry Christmas’ from sometime Santana vocalist and 15 times Grammy winner TONY LINDSAY. As you might guess from the title his song gets straight to the point but the attraction is the production – big and bold, bright and brassy; a touch of the Tower Of Powers! It’s a wonderful festive slab of soul with a vocal which underlines why ‘ole Carlos hung on to Tony for so long and why his recent ‘Soul Soldier album topped all the credible soul charts! Out now!
Also out now is a new version of the Christmas standard ‘Sleigh Ride’ from CASTELLA. You may remember that the Californian songstress impressed earlier this year with her single, ‘So Glad I Met You’. Her vocal on that one betrayed her gospel roots though on this new ‘Sleigh Ride’ there’s a definite jazz feel – a little like the way dear old Luther remodelled ‘My Favourite Things’.