Harry for the Holidays [Enhanced CD]

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Ten years after his first holiday-themed album, When My Heart Finds Christmas, pianist/vocalist Harry Connick, Jr. found the spirit again with Harry for the Holidays. Still centered on Connick's vocals, this foray into "tinsel tunes" is more jazz oriented than his 1993 release and allows for his growth as a performer, arranger, and conductor. Like a Brooks Brothers' suit worn at Mardi Gras, Connick's writing for his big band and full orchestra mixes New Orleans rhythms with crisp, swinging arrangements that call to mind '60s Michel Legrand and Quincy Jones. Nothing Connick has done before can quite prepare you for the screaming trumpets and rollicking second-line-style ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Ten years after his first holiday-themed album, When My Heart Finds Christmas, pianist/vocalist Harry Connick, Jr. found the spirit again with Harry for the Holidays. Still centered on Connick's vocals, this foray into "tinsel tunes" is more jazz oriented than his 1993 release and allows for his growth as a performer, arranger, and conductor. Like a Brooks Brothers' suit worn at Mardi Gras, Connick's writing for his big band and full orchestra mixes New Orleans rhythms with crisp, swinging arrangements that call to mind '60s Michel Legrand and Quincy Jones. Nothing Connick has done before can quite prepare you for the screaming trumpets and rollicking second-line-style swing of his leadoff take on "Frosty the Snowman." In fact, most of the classic standards here, including "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" and "Silver Bells," get highly unexpected treatments as on "Santa Clause Is Coming to Town," which is worked up into a funky, brass-band "go-go" dance number. Similarly tasty is "I'll Be Home for Christmas," which not only features some of the best crooning the Will and Grace star has ever done, but also a beautifully modest Count Basie-inspired piano solo. There is also an appealing balance to Harry for the Holidays between songs of Christmas nostalgia and heartfelt ruminations on what the season means in a deeper sense. Throw in four original compositions that touch on Scott Walker-esque orchestrated pop, Tin Pan Alley songcraft, and country -- yes, that is the George Jones dueting with Connick on "Nothin' New for the New Year" -- and not only do you have one of the best holiday albums in years, but easily the best album of Connick's career. [Harry for the Holidays was also released in an Enhanced Edition.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/2003
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 887254262022
  • Catalog Number: 542620
  • Sales rank: 137,480

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Harry Connick Jr. Primary Artist, Bass, Piano, Conductor, Drums, Vocals
George Jones Vocals
Trenora Parker Choir Director
Joe Barati Bass Trombone
Lucien Barbarin Trombone
George Doering Guitar
Paul Franklin Pedal Steel Guitar
Derrick Gardner Trumpet
Roger Ingram Trumpet
Leroy Jones Trumpet, Soloist
Craig Klein Trombone, Soloist
Joe Magnarelli Trumpet
Leo Nocentelli Guitar
Biff Watson Guitar
Jerry Weldon Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
James Greene Alto Saxophone
Mark Mullins Trombone, Soloist
John Allred Trombone
David Schumacher Baritone Saxophone
Ajay Mallory Snare Drums
Arthur Latin Drums
Charles "Ned" Goold Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Neal Caine Bass
Jimmy Greene Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Phil Frazier Tuba, Soloist
Mike Karn Tenor Saxophone
Keith Frazier Bass Drums
Lucien Frazier Trombone, Soloist
Technical Credits
John Jacob Niles Composer
Harry Connick Jr. Arranger, Composer, Orchestration
Donny Hathaway Composer
Buck Ram Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
J. Fred Coots Composer
Ray Evans Composer
Tracey Freeman Producer
Kim Gannon Composer
Haven Gillespie Composer
Walter Kent Composer
Jay Livingston Composer
Gregg Rubin Engineer
Jule Styne Composer
Eden Ahbez Composer
Joseph Mohr Composer
Nadine McKinnor Composer
Jester Hairston Composer
J.R. Rodriguez Engineer
Jay Johnson Composer
Traditional Composer
Vlado Meller Mastering
Steve Nelson Composer
Sam Jones Cover Photo, Back Cover Photo
J. Rollins Composer
Billy Hayes Composer
Franz Xaver Gruber Composer
Sylvia St. James Choir Contractor
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