This holiday season we’ve been treated to two great offerings from Tommy Emmanuel and Laurence Juber. These virtuosos each put their spin on traditional Christmas songs and ended up with very different, but outstanding, results.
Australian fingerstyle dynamo, Tommy Emmanuel, has delivered another masterpiece with Christmas Memories, a nice mixture of both Christmas standards and a few originals that will soon become favorites for many. This album is the follow up to his 2011 release, “All I Want for Christmas,” and he is joined by fellow musicians: Annie Sellick on vocals, John Knowles on guitar, and Pat Bergeson on guitar and harmonica. Some standout tracks on this album are “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Let’s Make a Christmas Memory,” and “Winter Wonderland.” This album is guaranteed to get you in the spirit of the season.
Laurence Juber’s fantastic contribution this holiday season is titled, Holidays & Hollynights, and it was a remarkable piece of music. Having already been a fan of Juber’s work on LJ Plays The Beatles, I was very interested to see what he would do to these well known Christmas songs. My favorites on the album are “Oh Come All Ye Faithful,” “Deck the Halls,” and “Frosty the Snowman.” The jazzy trio with Juber on guitar, Domenic Genova on upright bass, and Michael Jochum on drums all work well together as they create beautiful music. This album is highly recommended as the perfect soundtrack for any office or family holiday party.