By Putumayo

Reviewed for First Grade, 2010

If you've ever wanted a kid-friendly CD featuring musicians with genuine talent, then slap "Jazz Playground" in your stereo. Jazz aficionados out there, or parents just wanting to expose their children to the genre, will love jazzy takes on favorites such as "Mary Had a Little Lamb" and "This Little Light of Mine." "Jazz Playground" also pays homage to jazz's success around the world, featuring songs in the Bossa Nova, Latin jazz, and Gypsy jazz traditions. Kids will not only hear great jazz—and learn about techniques such as scat and improvisation—they'll hear it sung in Dutch, Portuguese, French, Japanese, and English. (Putamayo, $14.98)