What a Night! A Christmas Album

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
His third holiday-themed album, 2008's What a Night! A Christmas Album continues vocalist/pianist Harry Connick, Jr.'s tradition of delivering swinging jazz and pop versions of various tinsel tunes new and old. Recorded with a big band and orchestra, this is a terrific collection of songs making the most of Connick's knack for modern-day crooning and rambunctious small-group jazz. There is warmth, sophistication, and urbane romanticism to Connick's work here that should draw well-earned comparisons to similar classic albums by the likes of Tony Bennett, Mel Torm?, Nat King Cole, and others. However, rather than sounding like a retro affair, What a Night! delivers on ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
His third holiday-themed album, 2008's What a Night! A Christmas Album continues vocalist/pianist Harry Connick, Jr.'s tradition of delivering swinging jazz and pop versions of various tinsel tunes new and old. Recorded with a big band and orchestra, this is a terrific collection of songs making the most of Connick's knack for modern-day crooning and rambunctious small-group jazz. There is warmth, sophistication, and urbane romanticism to Connick's work here that should draw well-earned comparisons to similar classic albums by the likes of Tony Bennett, Mel Tormé, Nat King Cole, and others. However, rather than sounding like a retro affair, What a Night! delivers on Connick's promise of updating the traditional pop sound of his idols for a contemporary audience. It doesn't hurt, either, that Connick is joined here by a bevy of first-rate musicians, including vocalist Kim Burrell and trombonist/vocalist Lucien Barbarin on two duets, not to mention the stellar backing musicians. Even Kate Connick, Harry's daughter, makes an appearance for a charming duet with her dad on "Winter Wonderland." It's also refreshing to hear a few rambling small-group jazz numbers like "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies," which help remind listeners how nimble and inventive a jazz pianist Connick truly is. More than just a great Christmas album, What a Night! is the type of record you just might find yourself turning to well into the new year.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/4/2008
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886973702024
  • Catalog Number: 737020
  • Sales rank: 289,118

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Harry Connick Jr. Primary Artist, Piano, Conductor, Vocals, Musician
Joe Barati Bass Trombone, Musician
Lucien Barbarin Trombone, Vocals, Musician
Jonathan DuBose Jr. Guitar
Roger Ingram Trumpet, Musician
Tony Kadleck Trumpet, Musician
Joe Magnarelli Trumpet, Musician
Jerry Weldon Tenor Saxophone, Musician
David Schumacher Baritone Saxophone, Musician
James Hall & Worship & Praise Background Vocals
Kim Burrell Vocals
Arthur Latin Percussion, Drums, Musician
Charles "Ned" Goold Alto Saxophone, Musician
Neal Caine Bass, Vocals, Musician
Jeff Bush Trombone, Musician
Kate Connick Vocals
James Hall Worship & Praise Choir Background Vocals
Dion Tucker Trombone
Technical Credits
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky Composer
Harry Connick Jr. Arranger, Composer, Orchestration
Felix Bernard Composer
Vincent Caro Engineer
Tracey Freeman Producer, Audio Production
Meredith Willson Composer
George Wyle Composer
David Bett Art Direction
Frederick Oakeley Composer
Ann Marie Wilkins Executive Producer
John Francis Wade Composer
Edward Pola Composer
Vlado Meller Mastering
John Henry Hopkins Jr. Composer
Seymour Miller Composer
Jack Fox Composer
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