This is first full length holiday recording by this Grammy Award winning artist. It is an uplifting collection of seasonal favorites,with Krall sounding better than ever on both piano and vocals. Features swinging big band arrangements by John Clayton and several tracks for quartet,including string arrangements by Johnny Mandel.Produced by Tommy LiPuma and Diana Krall. Verve. 2005.
As the song goes, "Merry Christmas" has already "been said many times, many ways." Diana Krall's Christmas Songs
is a worthy--though not particularly unique--addition to the holiday catalog. On it, she excels with an approach mastered long ago: elegant delivery that gives extra polish to a very familiar lineup. Some might find her style frosty at times, but that will come as a relief to those who want their carolers to cut through some of the holiday treacle and create a festive, yet grown-up vibe. And Krall does show off her playful side with little, personal touches. In "Winter Wonderland" she promises to "frolic and play the Canadian way," which should draw smiles from her native land. (That'll mean toasting the holiday with Molson, eh?) Elsewhere, she ends "Jingle Bells" with the girlishly giddy statement, "I'm just crazy about horses." Well
can't argue with that. --Leah Weathersby