My Favorite Time of the Year

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All Music Guide - Rob Theakston
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rob Theakston
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2007
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227995201
  • Catalog Number: 342524
  • Sales rank: 131,379

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 II Composer
Tom Hemby Composer
Walter Kent Composer
Jay Livingston Composer
Hugh Martin Composer
Gabriel Moffat Engineer
Carmen Twillie Vocal Arrangements
Robert Vosgien Mastering
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another winner!!!

    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!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Classy and Smooth....Should Have Done This Years 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.

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