6.Canyon Road On Christmas Eve / Hark The Herald Angels Sing
7.Farolitos On Garcia / It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
8.Michelle's Song / The Holly & The Ivy
10.O Sanctissima / Oh Du Frohliche
11.The 3rd Man / O Christmas Tree
12.Peace / I Saw Three Ships
13.Snow Angel / We Wish U A Merry Christmas
Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra: Ottmar Liebert (acoustic guitar); Gary Lyons (slide guitar); Mike Middleton (trumpet); Jon Gagan (keyboards, acoustic bass); Mike Chavez (bongos, cowbell); Mark Clark (cajon, timbales, assorted percussion).
Recorded at Spiral Subwave, Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1999.
On his second holiday collection, Ottmar Liebert works variations on a series of familiar Christmas tunes, typically playing his acoustic guitar over Mark Clark's busy percussion and Jon Gagan's quiet bass in tones that suggest the Southwest. Horns turn up here and there, notably on "Hark the Herald Angels Sing," but for the most part this is a low-key effort. Liebert has some fun with "Silent Night," playfully changing tempos, and he discovers concordances between "O Christmas Tree" and the theme from The Third Man, so there are witty musical touches in the performances. A holiday mood is maintained throughout, albeit a quietly festive one, so this is good music to put on as background to your seasonal celebrations. ~ William Ruhlmann