Thursday, May 25, 2006
Dec. '05 review: Craig N Co.: Celebrate Hanukkah
Craig N Co.: Celebrate Hanukkah
A treasury of beautifully crafted & performed Hanukkah songs by various gifted artists who put a new spin on many traditional favorites in Hebrew & English. Alan Eder & Friends start the CD with a groovin' Reggae prayer over the candles in "Shel Chanukah." Linda Hirschhorn's "Chanukah/Solstice" is a masterpiece of three-part soaring harmonies. Laurence Juber & Craig Taubman's crisp & stylish folk version of "Maoz Tzur" is the best you'll ever hear. A highlight is Peter Yarrow's (of Peter, Paul & Mary fame) original folk gem "Light One Candle" beckons us to recall the reasons we celebrate & make a better world. Boston-based band Yom Hadash rock on a mid-tempo "Al Hanisim," & Debbie Friedman offers a perfect closer with the live (& lively) "Not By Might - Not By Power."