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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
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Naturally I figured I couldn't miss with this one. I'm sad to say that I was wrong. It may be my own personal bias as I don't mind Christmas songs done a BIT jazzy but I like them to still be at least somewhat reminiscent of the original version. Some of the songs on this CD would qualify but a lot of them are way too rolicking and overdone for my taste. Ms. Krall does a lot of semi-skat doo-wap type singing on some of the selections that sounds affected to me. She wrings "White Christmas" out until it's like a hackneyed Las Vegas version with none of the wistfulness of the words left.
I suppose it's too much to hope for but I would love to hear her do another Christmas CD sometime and this time, handle it with a little more of her usual subtlety.
Note that the album includes the 3 tracks previously released on the mini-album (Jingle Bells, Have Yourself, and a just about perfect rendition of Christmas Time Is Here), plus an addition 9 tracks. A lot of the numbers include a full jazz orchestra, but a couple are just her or with her trio.
If you like Diana Krall you will not be disappointed with this album. It will make a very nice to your collection to add variety to the traditional and pop arrangements.
Diana can really feel music, and we as a listener reap the benefits of this gift. She is just one more great voice of this generation...so many now with Diana, Nora, Michael B, Harry C. and still one of my favs, Tony Bennett....Keep this wonderful music coming everyone, as we will keep on buying your beautiful music.
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We don't get tired of hearing the songs. Perfect for all you Christmas jazzy receptions. Nice voice, as usual. Thumbs up!Published on May 23 2014 by marie_noelle71
Great CD if you need xmas tunes for the holidays. Much nicer than the usual crap out there.
Problem with this CD is that every time you turn on the radio it's being played. Read more
Photos are subjective, but i think Diana needs to find a new photographer, it looks like she fell in this chair and is finding that's it's hurting way too much. Read morePublished on Dec 4 2005
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