The New Standards issue holiday album to coincide with annual Fitzgerald shows
If you've tuned into the Current at all this week, there's a good chance you've heard about this weekend's back-to-back New Standards Holiday Shows at the Fitzgerald Theater, the group's annual star-studded performances of jazz-inspired covers and holiday sing-alongs. This year, in honor of their fifth anniversary of hosting gigs, they're also releasing a New Standards & Friends Holiday Show album featuring an array of special guests.
I'm probably alone in this assessment -- especially given the fact that the record store shelves seem to be flooded with them at this time of year -- but I usually find holiday-themed albums to be pretty tedious affairs. With only a few exceptions (Bob Dylan'sChristmas in the Heart
, Sufjan Stevens'Songs for Christmas
, and, yes, theCharlie Brown Christmas
soundtrack), I generally find these collections to be hastily glued-together marketing maneuvers meant to be listened to once or twice and then stowed away for the rest of the year.
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