Harry for the Holidays

Harry for the Holidays

by Harry Connick Jr.
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Harry for the Holidays

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/28/2003
Label: Sony
UPC: 0827969055021
catalogNumber: 90550

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Harry Connick   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
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
James Greene   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist

Technical Credits

Harry Connick   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
Steve Nelson   Composer
Lewis Redner   Composer
Bill Hayes   Composer

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Harry for the Holidays 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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).
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
AWFUL -- HARRY, WHAT WERE YOU THINKING? This is the worst Christmas collection I have ever heard.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago