On his new album, Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum asks How Does Christmas Sound?

On his second Holiday-themed album, Whalum doesn’t answer that question in the expected way - revisiting the most familiar carols, the ones that have already worn out their welcome most years by the time Thanksgiving rolls around. Instead, he finds a more spiritual, introspective sound for Christmas, one that acknowledges the melancholy that often accompanies the Yuletide and the faith that is so central to his own celebrations.

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