Maria Muldaur’s latest
It’s Christmas time again at the Oasis and time to listen to the beautiful sounds of the holidays! No Christmas is complete without this beautiful collection of Christmas songs by Maria Muldaur! Here is what Maria has to say about her new release.
Christmas At The Oasis
Year after year, as the holidays approach, we are all inundated endlessly on every side by an onslaught of the same old sentimental, sappy, overdone, pedestrian Christmas tunes. Over the years, as an antidote to that, I have collected and enjoyed some wonderfully hip, swinging, humorous, irreverent Christmas songs by some of my very favorite artists in the Jazz & Blues idioms (Louis Armstrong, Louie Prima, Bessie Smith, Charles Brown, Victoria Spivey & Mabel Scott to name a few) and in the last dozen years or so, have performed this special collection of rare gems live on numerous occasions.
Many people have delighted in these tunes and have suggested I record them on a Christmas album of my own, but for years I resisted the idea, as I saw just how very many artists of every stripe put out Christmas albums, and had decided that I would be the one artist on the planet who didn’t release a Christmas album!
Last year, much to my utter astonishment, an artist I consider to be the Hippest of the Hip, The King Of Cool, Bob Dylan, came out with his very own Christmas album, “Christmas In The Heart”, the proceeds of which were donated to the charity, Feeding America. “Now, there’s a cool idea – and a swell gesture”, I thought. But still, I resisted the idea. The second event was a Christmas concert I gave with my stellar band of top-notch Jazz musicians, which was recorded at The Razz Room in San Francisco for a special Christmas TV broadcast. The evening exceeded my every expectation. The band was rockin’ and swingin’ so hard, we all had a great time, and the audience just loved it! Many of them asked if a CD of the music they had heard would become available.
So……after hearing all the wonderful, spirited music on our live Christmas recording, and being urged on every hand to consider releasing our performance as a live Christmas CD, I finally succumbed, and have thrown my hat (my Santa hat!) into the ring, deciding at last to leave the lonely outpost of being the only artist on the planet without a Christmas album, and finally join the fun, and all my fellow artists with a Christmas release of my own! We had a ball making this music and hope you will enjoy this refreshing collection of Christmas tunes throughout the Holiday Season!
Recorded live at the Rrazz Room, San Francisco,
1. Sleigh Ride
2. Boogie Woogie Santa
3. Christmas Blues
4. Yule That’s Cool
5. Santa Baby
6. What Will Santa Claus Say
7. At The Christmas Ball
8. Christmas Night In Harlem
9. Merry Christmas Baby
10. Zat You Santa Claus?
11. Winter Wonderland
12. Gee Baby Ain’t I Good To You
13. Christmas At The Oasis
You can listen to samples of the new CD here