Nomad Christmas: A World Music Celebration
by Various Artists
Released: Jul 2007
Label: Music Of The World
Possibly the mellowest Christmas album you'll have the good fortune to come across. Just about every performance offers something fresh and unexpected. Several carols are buttressed by traditional Indian alaps or Middle Eastern taqasims (extended introductory passages); "Greensleeves" becomes a light, classical meditation in Bikram Ghosh's able hands; and Fernando Melo spreads distinctly South American cheer with "Boas Festas." All of the subtly interpreted, jazz-inflected songs blend seamlessly into the season without (for once) beating you over the head with a sprig of mistletoe.