Harry for the Holidays

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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 ...
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/2003
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969055021
  • Catalog Number: 90550
  • Sales rank: 2,299

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, Soloist
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, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Mark Mullins Trombone, Soloist
David Schumacher Baritone Saxophone
Ned Goold Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Arthur Latin Drums
Neal Caine Bass
Phil Frazier Tuba, Soloist
John Alfred Trombone
Mike Kam Tenor Saxophone
Sylvia St. James Choir Conductor
Technical Credits
Harry Connick Jr. Arranger, Composer, Orchestration
Donny Hathaway Composer
Sam Jones Cover Photo
Buck Ram Composer
Franz Gruber 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
Jack Rollins Composer
Jester Hairston Composer
J.R. Rodriguez Engineer
Jay Johnson Composer
Traditional Composer
Vlado Meller Mastering
Steve Nelson Composer
Lewis Redner Composer
Bill Hayes Composer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Disappointing

    This is the worst Christmas collection I ever heard. I love Harry Connick Jr., but I thought the jazz was really inappropriate here, and really ruined our "old favorites", plus the musicians often drowned out Harry's beautiful voice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent

    If you want a great CD that you can listen to over and over, choose this one. You will not be dissapointed. His rendition of Frosty will blow your mind. I also have never heard a version of Blue Christmas that I really liked (next to Elvis), but Harry pulls it off. I wish Harry would get more commerical recognition, because he is one of the most talented musicians and entertainers of our time (and maybe of all time).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jazzy Christmas!

    This Christmas CD is awesome! Just listening to "Frosty" makes you want to get up and dance, trim the tree, and break out the egg nog! It's the best Christmas CD that I've purchased in a loooooong time! Enjoy!

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    Posted January 29, 2009

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