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|Dionne Warwick||Primary Artist|
|Tim Heintz||Piano, Keyboards|
|Paulinho Da Costa||Percussion|
|D. Harvey||Background Vocals|
|George Frideric Handel||Composer|
|Tim Heintz||Arranger, String Arrangements|
|Oscar Hammerstein II||Composer|
|Carmen Twillie||Vocal Arrangements|
|John Francis Wade||Composer|
|Joe Alfuso||Orchestration, String Conductor|
|William Ford||Art Direction|
Posted October 1, 2010
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!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.