1. The Music Of Nashville, Season 2, Vol. 1 (CD) ~ Various Artists
2013 release, the soundtrack to the second season of the hit TV series Nashville. The combined sales of the previous two releases (which contained songs from the series' first season) have surpassed two million and continue to sell. The series' popularity continues to soar and introduce audiences to modern Country music.
2. Saving Mr. Banks Soundtrack (Deluxe) (CD) ~ Thomas Newman
Walt Disney Records will release the original motion picture digital soundtrack for Disney's 'Saving Mr. Banks' and the 'Saving Mr. Banks' 2-Disc Deluxe Edition on December 10, 2013. Thomas Newman composed and conducted the original score. 'Saving Mr. Banks' will release in U.S. theaters on December 13, 2013, limited, and open wide on December 20, 2013.
One of the most respected film composers, Newman has scored over 50 films. He has been nominated for ten Academy Awards with nine in the Best Original Score category for 'The Shawshank Redemption,' 'Little Women,' 'Unsung Heroes,' 'American Beauty,' 'Road to Perdition,' 'Finding Nemo,' 'Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events,' 'The Good German,' 'Wall-E,' and 'Skyfall.' Newman won a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for The Living Proof from 'The Help.'
3. Ella Fitzgerald: The Voice of Jazz (CD) ~ Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Fitzgerald is the best woman ever to have sung jazz or any other kind of music… She was also one of the most loved, admired, and revered vocalists of the 20th Century.
This 10 CD set is the first to offer a comprehensive look at her six decade long recording career. From her days as Chick Webb's girl singer through her rise as Decca Records' singing star of the 1940s, through the early 1950s. In 1956 Norman Granz formed Verve Records, principally for Ella Fitzgerald, and during her decade long association with the label she defined the long laying record with her albums dedicated to the writers of the Great American Songbook.
In the latter half of the 1960s she recorded for several labels before signing to the Pablo label, the label formed and owned by Norman Granz. Ella's live performances, beginning with her appearances with Jazz at the Philharmonic, and throughout her
long career, made her one of the most popular concert performers; two of the CDs feature Ella's brilliant, often improvised, concert performances.
There never will be another female singer as good as Ella Fitzgerald - the Voice of Jazz.
4. 7 Days of Funk (CD) ~ 7 Days of Funk
2013 release from the modern Funk outfit featuring Dam-Funk and Snoopzilla AKA the legendary Snoop Dogg. The King of Modern Funk meets the smoked-out scion of G-Funk on the 7 Days of Funk album, where Snoop performs under the name Snoopzilla, the homage to the legendary funk master, Bootsy Collins, who often went by the moniker Bootzilla. After an initial chance meeting two years ago, Dam and Snoop began to collaborate when Snoop invited Dam to perform with him at a 2011 SXSW show - the musical connection was inherent. 'We're the babies of the Mothership,' says Snoop. 'I've had Funk influences in my music my whole career. Dam-Funk is cold. He's keeping the Funk alive and I knew I had to get down with him.'