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My Favorite Time of the Year
     

My Favorite Time of the Year

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by Dionne Warwick
 

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It's almost unfathomable that it took nearly five decades into her career for Dionne Warwick to issue a collection of holiday standards, but that would appear to have been the case until My Favorite Time of Year. This long overdue, 13-song collection puts together a selection of traditional and contemporary holiday classics, and Dionne's velvety smooth voice

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It's almost unfathomable that it took nearly five decades into her career for Dionne Warwick to issue a collection of holiday standards, but that would appear to have been the case until My Favorite Time of Year. This long overdue, 13-song collection puts together a selection of traditional and contemporary holiday classics, and Dionne's velvety smooth voice glazes through each track quite seamlessly. The contemporary over polished production and the inclusion of smooth jazz icon Dave Koz might be a detraction to some listeners, but there's a beautiful duet with longtime friend Gladys Knight and "I Believe in Christmas," the album's sole new composition, which features BeBe Winans on guest vocals, that more than make up for that and any other flaws holiday purists may have. Much like her non-holiday fare, this is a charming and warm affair from start to finish a level of quality you'd come to expect from Warwick. While it's definitely been worth the wait, here's hoping a follow-up is shortly in order.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/30/2007
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227995201
catalogNumber:
342524

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dionne Warwick   Primary Artist
Tim Heintz   Piano,Keyboards
Dave Koz   Saxophone
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
D. Harvey   Background Vocals
Ricky Lawson   Drums
John Pena   Bass
Tim Pierce   Guitar
Joe Alfuso   Conductor

Technical Credits

George Frideric Handel   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Dionne Warwick   Author
Tim Heintz   Arranger,String Arrangements
Mel Tormé   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Buck Ram   Composer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Felix Bernard   Composer
Tena Clark   Producer
Ray Evans   Composer
Kim Gannon   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Tom Hemby   Composer
Walter Kent   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Hugh Martin   Composer
Gabriel Moffat   Engineer
Carmen Twillie   Vocal Arrangements
Robert Wells   Composer
George Wyle   Composer
BeBe Winans   Composer
Ralph Blane   Composer
Frederick Oakeley   Composer
John Francis Wade   Composer
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Edward Pola   Composer
Joe Alfuso   Orchestration,String Conductor
Ed Woolley   Engineer
William Ford   Art Direction

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My Favorite Time of the Year 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Expecting something less than Whitney's debacle from last year, I was so pleasantly surprised of how nice this new Christmas offering is. Not spectacular, not totally traditional, but very pleasant indeed. Dionne seems to have moved on into the current Smooth Jazz genre. This probably comes from many Smooth Jazz stations (including NY's 101.9) playing her 1998 remake of "Walk On By" constantly on their playlist. Dave Koz appears with his sax on three of the numbers as well. Dionne is better vocally here than I've heard in recent years live, as well as on minimal CD output. Silent Night does not rival Linda Eder's, but it is another version I will learn to cherish along with Linda's, Karen Carpenters's, Streisand's and Petula Clark's. The duets with Bebe Winans and Gladys Knight are nice. Only minor flaw is Happy Holidays. It is the last track, and from experience, this was always the "wake up call", along with Andy Williams's "Most Wonderful Time Of The Year" (also covered here by Dionne, but softer). As the closer, it sounds sleepy the way it was arranged. I can't see wishing "Happy Holidays" and then dozing off. True, this probably will be a Dionne-fan only seller, but those who like smooth jazz, may be worth a shot for a "new" holiday collection for you home this year.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dionne's cool breathy vocals, with a great jazz twist is just like a warm blanket on a chilly winter's night. Dionne just knows how to warm and relax you with wonderful performances. Gladys and Bebe are wonderful as well when dueting with Dionne. I purchased this cd a few weeks ago and have yet to take it out of my cd player!!