Dan Storper founded the Putumayo clothing company in 1975, selling it in 1997, but before he did, he founded (with Michael Kraus) Putumayo World Music in 1993, with the idea of presenting bright, joyous music from diverse cultures, both traditional and contemporary, and the label has grown into a successful music brand, with countless themed compilations on the market, most featuring the distinct cover illustrations of British artist Nicola Heindl. This set is the latest in Putumayo's successful Christmas series, always annually among the best and most interesting on the holiday market. This time, the music centers around a playlist of classic and new Christmas songs and carols done by American singer/songwriters and folk, blues, and jazz musicians, including, among others, Leon Redbone, Mindy Smith, Sally Ellyson, and the Sugar Thieves.
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AllMusic Review by Steve Leggett