Let's get into the Christmas spirit with a trio of new releases from indie-artists The Tourmaliners, 3D Jazz Trio and the Sweet Lizzy Project. First up is the San Diego-based band The Tourmaliners with their latest release titled "Surfin' Christmas Carols." It was released back in October on CD and limited edition "Winter White" vinyl. It features ten holiday classic redone in the surf guitar style, which makes you feel you were spending Christmas at the beach, taking in some waves. Beginning with "We Three Kings," The Tourmaliners keep the traditional melody of the song, while on "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/O Come O Come Emmanuel" gets sped up to deliver a more energetic rhythm to the song. They handle "O Holy Night" with grace, by allowing the musical notes to just float along, while "Greensleeves (What Child Is This)" has an edgier guitar sound to give the song a bit more of a rocking bite. The Tourmaliners finish up their new Christmas album with the unexpected upbeat, swinging beat of "The First Noel/Silent Night" and the quick run through of "We Wish You A Merry Christmas," which will certainly have you in the holiday mood once you finish this album. To find out more about The Tourmaliners and their latest release "Surfin' Christmas Carols," please visit alteredstateofreverb.com.
Next, we have the new holiday release from the 3D Jazz Trio titled "Christmas In 3D." It features nine well-known classic Christmas carols, along with the odd, but much welcome tune "Please Daddy (Don't Get Drunk This Christmas)," made famous by John Denver. The album kicks of with the energetic jazz swing of "Winter Wonderland," followed by the up-tempo rhythm of "Up On The Rooftop." I absolutely love their arrangement of "O Christmas Tree," as each member of the trio feeds off the other to create and exciting trip through the snowy hills of New England. The 3D Jazz Trio go all out country on "Please Daddy (Don't Get Drunk This Christmas)," before slowing down for the elegant touch of "I Wander As I Wander." They wrap up their new album with jolly jazz melody of "White Christmas" and the seven-minute closing jam of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas." To find out more about the 3D Jazz Trio and their latest release "Christmas In 3D," please visit 3divasjazztrio.com.
Finally we arrive at the new four-song holiday EP from the Sweet Lizzy Project titled "And So This Is Christmas." It features two original tracks and two great covers of modern Christmas classics. First up is the country, blues sound of "This Christmas I'm Not Coming Home," which finds singer Lisset Diaz stellar vocal delivery. The Sweet Lizzy Project perfectly match The Pretenders' "2000 Miles" and show their love for John Lennon with a cover of his "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)." They close out their new short release with another original track, "It's Christmas (Everything Will Be Alright,)" which is the positive message that everyone needs around mixed with a punk energy. To find out more about Sweet Lizzy Project and their latest release "And So This Is Christmas," please visit facebook.com/Sweet.Lizzy.Project.