Christmas Songs

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
Jazz musicians are lucky when it comes to recording holiday music. When Christmas rolls around they have the chance to dig into such classic, beautifully constructed songs as “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and “White Christmas,” not to mention Mel Tormé’s perennial “Christmas Song.” Add in gems like “Christmas Time Is Here” (of Charlie Brown fame), “Let It Snow,” and Frank Loesser’s “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” and you have the makings of a terrific album, which is just what Diana Krall finds herself with as she dips into this repertoire on her aptly titled Christmas Songs. Backed by the swinging Clayton-Hamilton Jazz ...
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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
Jazz musicians are lucky when it comes to recording holiday music. When Christmas rolls around they have the chance to dig into such classic, beautifully constructed songs as “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and “White Christmas,” not to mention Mel Tormé’s perennial “Christmas Song.” Add in gems like “Christmas Time Is Here” (of Charlie Brown fame), “Let It Snow,” and Frank Loesser’s “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” and you have the makings of a terrific album, which is just what Diana Krall finds herself with as she dips into this repertoire on her aptly titled Christmas Songs. Backed by the swinging Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and aided by arrangements from Johnny Mandel and others, Krall turns in joyful and affecting performances, relishing the high quality of the material. This isn’t heart-on-your-sleeve singing -- Krall is much too subtle for that -- but neither is it emotionally distant. Sweetly playful at times, inwardly expressive at others, Krall consistently demonstrates the superior vocal skills that have made her a modern crossover icon. In an era of stentorian pop divas, she knocks ‘em dead with a whisper. This delightful project can stand next to the very best jazz holiday recordings.
All Music Guide - Matt Collar
On her first full-length Christmas album, pianist/vocalist Diana Krall delivers a smoky, sophisticated, and slightly melancholy album perfectly suited to accompany egg nog cocktails and romantic afterglow holiday affairs. Although there isn't anything unexpected on Christmas Songs -- Irving Berlin's "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep" is as close to obscure as it gets -- Krall coos life into such standards as "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve," and "I'll Be Home for Christmas." It also doesn't hurt that she gains top-notch support from the Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra, whose urbane arrangements help bring to mind similar works by such iconic vocalists as Nat King Cole, June Christy, and Frank Sinatra. But it's not all deep sighs and bedroom eyes; on the contrary, Krall keeps things swinging with such uptempo numbers as the joyous "Jingle Bells," "Winter Wonderland," and the Blossom Dearie-inflected "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town." If you like your holiday albums cool and classy, Christmas Songs is a stocking stuffer that's sure to please.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Terry Perkins
[Grade: A+] Krall makes each familiar tune new and inviting. This isn't just a fine Christmas record - it's one of her best recordings yet.

[Grade: A+] Krall makes each familiar tune new and inviting. This isn't just a fine Christmas record - it's one of her best recordings yet.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/1/2005
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602498821213
  • Catalog Number: 000471702
  • Sales rank: 204,207

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Diana Krall Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals, Soloist
Alan Broadbent Piano
Jeff Hamilton Drums
Russell Malone Guitar
Rickey Woodard Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Richard Todd French Horn
Robert Hurst Bass, Double Bass
Clay Jenkins Trumpet
Rick Baptist Trumpet
Gilbert Castellanos Trumpet, Soloist
Jeff Clayton Flute, Alto Saxophone, Soloist
John Clayton Bass, Conductor, Double Bass
Sal Cracchiolo Trumpet
Assa Drori Concert Master
Keith Fiddmont Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Johnny Mandel Conductor
Joe Meyer French Horn
Ira Nepus Trombone, Soloist
Joe Porcaro Percussion
Emil Richards Percussion
Brad Warnaar French Horn
Randy Waldman Keyboards
Ben Wolfe Bass, Double Bass
Tommy Johnson Tuba
Anthony Wilson Guitar, Soloist
Stefon Harris Vibes
George Bohanon Trombone, Soloist
Tamir Hendelman Piano, fender rhodes
Charles Owens II Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
William Barnhart Trumpet
Gerald Clayton Piano
Adam Schroeder Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Technical Credits
Leroy Anderson Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Vince Guaraldi Composer
Mel Tormé Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Felix Bernard Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
John Clayton Arranger
J. Fred Coots Composer
Kim Gannon Composer
Haven Gillespie Composer
Walter Kent Composer
Tommy LiPuma Digital Editing, Audio Production
Johnny Mandel Arranger, Digital Editing
Hugh Martin Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Doug Sax Mastering
Al Schmitt Engineer
Jule Styne Composer
Robert Wells Composer
Diana Krall Arranger, Digital Editing, Audio Production
Hollis King Art Direction
Ralph Blane Composer
Steve Genewick Digital Editing
Lee Mendelson Composer
Traditional Composer
Hannah Teare Wardrobe Assistant
James Pierpont Composer
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  • Posted December 21, 2011

    Pure Listening Pleasure!

    This is a great sounding compilation of popular Christmas songs. I like the fact that Diana doesn't overdo any of these classics. She is just too cool on this CD, but still conveys the joy of the season through her unique interpretation of each song.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Not for everyone!

    I own A LOT of Christmas CD's but thus one is definately NOT on any list I would recommend! I had such hopes for this CD but all but one or two songs are duds! Buy something else!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Perfect Christmas Cocktail music

    I bought this CD last year, and it never left my stereo for a month. The music hits just the right tone--jazzy, sophisticated, and a little smoky, perfect for a cocktail party or just listening to while the snow falls outside. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Imagine Playing XMAS Music at Halloween!!!!

    I ran right out and purchased Diana's latest CD the day it was released - and haven't stopped playing it since. Here it is November 2 and Christmas music is filling the air - and what great XMAS music it is. Krall outdoes herself - fabulous songs, arrangements - singing pure bliss. Do yourself a favor and run out and purchase "Chrismas Songs" - it will be the best gift you'll get!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Joy to Listen to

    I rarely listen to Christmas CDs - they're mostly boring and have the feeling of being ground out to make a quick buck. This one has a lot of joy in it, a lot of the subtlety and tonality that make Diana Krall's CDs such a joy to listen to (with the possible exception of The Girl in the Other Room). Get it. Sit back. Relax. Listen....and enjoy.

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    Posted October 30, 2008

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