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Christmas Vibes

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Christmas Vibes
Christmas Vibes


There's no shortage of Christmas music out there that can evoke the holiday spirit. But it takes a master of groove and swing like Warren Wolf to conjure a true feeling of Christmas Vibes. On this album, the vibraphone great and father of five offers an album of jazzy Yuletide cheer sure to provide the ideal soundtrack to the season for the hippest families on the block.

'Christmas Vibes' presents Wolf's interpretation of some perennial favourites ("O Christmas Tree," "Winter Wonderland") alongside left-field choices ("Happy Xmas (War Is Over)," "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch") and a new original song that captures the loving but hectic atmosphere of the Wolf house at Christmas. Carrying on in the R&B and gospel-tinged style of Wolf's most recent Mack Avenue release, Reincarnation, the album offers a unique, soulful twist on Christmas caroling.

Asked why he decided to record an album of Christmas songs, Wolf laughs as he offers a two-word answer: "peer pressure." Not that he was under any professional pressure - in fact, he approached Mack Avenue with the idea. The label had previously featured the vibist on its all-star 2014 collection, 'It's Christmas on Mack Avenue', where he guested with the Aaron Diehl Trio on Vince Guaraldi's "Christmas Time Is Here," provided narration for "Santa Claus, Go Straight To the Ghetto," and performed a stunning rendition of "Carol of the Bells" on the vibes.

The idea is a gift for the audience members who've long requested a Christmas collection based on the bell-like beauty of the vibes, and - perhaps most importantly - a peace offering to the frequent requests of his mother-in-law. "She and my wife are avid Christmas lovers," Wolf says. "They just love everything that has to do with the holiday, from the music to the decorations to the presents. Plus, I have two younger children, four and six years old, so it seemed like the perfect time."


  1. Name
  2. O Christmas Tree
  3. Do You Hear What I Hear?
  4. Skating
  5. Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy
  6. Winter Wonderland
  7. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  8. Sweet Little Jesus Boy
  9. Christmas Time Is Here
  10. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
  11. You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch
  12. Sleigh Ride
  13. This Christmas
  14. Wake Up Little Kids It's Christmas
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