Vered - Hello My Baby: Songs to Bond You and Your Baby
(Release Date: March 24, 2015; Baby In Tune)
The 16 laid-back tracks on Vered Benhorin's second album of baby-centric tunes feature layers of harmonies and lots of finger-snap percussion. Producer Dean Jones works his particular earthy, organic magic on Vered's compositions, and a constellation of performers contribute, including David Levine (ex-Dog On Fleas), Justin Lansing (Okee Dokee Brothers), Rachel Loshak (Gustafer Yellowgold), Amadou Diallo, and Joanie Leeds. Dig the beautiful album art by Luisa Possas.
Standout Tracks: "More of a Baby," "All I Want"
(Release Date: April 2015; Song Wizard Records)
Randy Sharp has a songwriting resume that goes back to the mid-70s, and Dave Kinnoin has released eight solo kids' albums. Their debut CD as the duo Randy & Dave features a dozen tunes with lots of stylistic range and loads of silliness. Comes with a booklet of lyrics and chords. Particularly enjoyed the 7/8 chorus of the classroom-appropriate tune "Counting One, Two, Three."
Standout Track: "Counting One, Two, Three"
Lloyd H. Miller - Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! An Introduction to the Civil War Era for Kids
(Release Date: April 14, 2015)
Miller has become one of the preeminent history rockers on the scene, as his albums and live presentations help spread the gospel of significant but sometimes overlooked historical events and personalities. Yet another album produced by Dean Jones, Glory! revels in melding traditional arrangements and instrumentation with the power of rock and roll. This first in a series of "musical textbooks" is highly recommended for upper elementary classroom media collections and history buffs.
Standout Tracks: "John Brown," "Tenting on the Old Campground," "Weeksville"