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Christmas Songs [Vinyl]

Diana KrallVinyl
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)

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Vocalist Diana Krall has become a sensation in the jazz world. Reaching across genre borders with her lush voice and simple, yet soulful piano style, she has become one of the best-selling jazz artists around, appealing to an audience that isn't limited to jazz aficionados.

Krall began playing the piano at age four, and was exposed to her father's jazz records. She had already ... Read more in Amazon's Diana Krall Store

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  • Vinyl (November 28, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Classics France
  • ASIN: B000K2V7M8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,083,539 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Jingle Bells
2. Let It Snow
3. The Christmas Song
4. Winter Wonderland
5. I'll Be Home for Christmas
6. Christmas Time Is Here
7. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
8. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
9. White Christmas
10. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?
11. Sleigh Ride
12. Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep

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136 of 145 people found the following review helpful
By J. Lund
Format:Audio CD
Various Holiday-themed Diana Krall tracks have popped up over the years, but CHRISTMAS SONGS is her first full-length Christmas album. In recent years Diana has not rested on her laurels, musically-speaking. Some such as myself have thought highly of her later albums, while others missed her earlier forays into pop/jazz standards.

CHRISTMAS SONGS should appeal to those on both sides of the fence, and will likely reach out to many newcomers as well. The sense of effervescent, swinging fun that marked portions of her earlier albums is back on a number of tracks ("Santa Claus Is Coming To Town," "Jingle Bells," etc.). Meanwhile, those of us who feel she's emotively-deepened as a vocalist in the last few years will find ample evidence of that too, particularly on the ballads ("I'll Be Home For Christmas," "White Christmas," etc.). Diana's accompiament also tries something new (for her): there's a tasty, compatible big-band on many tracks (courtesy of the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra). In addition, several ballads have string-dominated orchestrations (somewhat similar to those on THE LOOK OF LOVE).

Quite unusual for contemporary holiday albums is the lack of any attempts to write a new classic; there are no Krall-penned tunes here. Most of the songs are among the holiday season's most oft-heard classics, but Diana's voice brings a fresh touch to them. At times she effectively breaks out into scatting, and frequently tweaks the melodies to just the right extent as one would expect of a jazz singer. Of course, her piano moves into the foreground at times as well. Most if not all fans of Diana's late-1990s albums will be satisfied with this album from beginning to end, as will many who favor the recent discs. It's safe to say that CHRISTMAS SONGS will prove to stand the test of time and become a classic seasonal album.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Diana Krall can't win. Among jazz snobs she's criticized more for her cool blond looks than her musicianship, and now jazz ideologues deprecate her work because she released a Christmas album. But her stunning beauty aside, if you were blind and an honest critic you'd be charmed and intrigued by her distinctive time signatures and in love with her voice. Diana Krall's musicianship and vocal styling just gets better with each successive release, and this album is no exception.

As far as the diminution of her seriousness as a jazz artist because of releasing a Christmas album, here follows a partial list of jazz greats who have done the same thing: Nat Cole, Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, Dinah Washington and Ella Fitzgerald. Those aren't good enough for you? Too "pop stylist" and not enough "jazz purist?" Okay, try on this list of jazz god-artists who also have released Christmas songs: Oscar Peterson, Ramsey Lewis, Louis Armstrong, Shirley Horn, Jimmy Smith, Bill Evans, and yes (jazz ultra-snobs begin eating ordure now) even John Coultrane ("Greensleeves").

And so Verve wisely got Krall to pick the most overdone of Christmas songs that have been covered to death by thousands of others and see what she could do. The answer is that this album is excellent, brilliant, harmless, and fun that only a Jazz Grinch couldn't love. Tommy LiPuma and Diana Krall's production is stunning, and John Clayton's arrangements and the Clayton/Hamilton orchestra's execution is flawless.

You'd think it would be hard to make "Jingle Bells" sound new, but Krall succeeds and makes a song I hate enjoyable.
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63 of 75 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jazzy Christmas Songs November 1, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Diana Krall's first full length Christmas collection is another typical posh and elegant recording from the great jazz vocalist. Backed by the marvelous Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra, Ms. Krall offers up twelve well-crafted, immaculately arranged and produced songs. The arrangements stick to the traditional but Ms. Krall's smoky vocals set the right mood for a romantic holiday party or dinner. Serve up the eggnog and let it snow.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
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First things first: Diana K's voice is what is featured here; her piano playing is practically non-existent. Instead, she is backed by the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. Longtime fans of Krall will recognize those two names as probably her favorite sidemen (John Clayton, bass, and Jeff Hamilton, drums). Her other sideman fixture, guitarist Anthony Wilson, is also in the band.

The spotlight, however, is focused on Krall's voice -- the band definitely plays backup. The "C/H Jazz Orch" is a great band, and can (and sometimes does) really swing, but on this CD, they aren't given much of a chance. The majority of the songs are Krall's trademark "sultry slow ballads", with a few fun exceptions. The biggest surprise is the inclusion of "Christmas Time is Here", which will make most listeners think of the Charlie Brown Christmas cartoon -- only here, it gets a proper grown-up rendition instead of the children's choir used in the show. That tune alone is almost worth the price of the CD.

I am a *huge* fan of Krall, but this CD just doesn't do it for me. I think the main reason is that her piano playing adds so much to her performances, and when it's missing, it leaves a big hole. Also, since she's singing for virtually the whole 44 minutes (including a touch of scat), the record has a "sameness" that doesn't happen in the rest of her recordings, where she, of course, not only takes several solo choruses on the piano, but is very liberal in handing out solos to her sidemen (esp. Wilson).

If you're looking for Diana singing all the Christmas standards with a lush big band (violins and all), then this will hit the spot.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, elegant Christmas music
I try to fit our Christmas music to the general mood--I start the Season with quiet, primarily religious music. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Culper, Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Merry Christmas!!!!
Diana Krall has done it again - excellent and classy. She definitely fills your home with holiday spirit. Great buy, great gift!!!!
Published 2 months ago by mufasa
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best
I can't say enough about Diana Krall. Her voice is fabulous and she sings songs that I grew up with. Wonderful.
Published 3 months ago by Tricia Timmins
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Music in March
An excellent compilation of Christmas music by one of the best, if not the best, jazz vocalists of this era. If you like jazz and Christmas, you'll love this album.
Published 3 months ago by Blackeye
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what can i say, She’s beautiful, has a great voice, and sings jazz. Every red blooded guy best dream girl
Published 4 months ago by Dirk Waasano
5.0 out of 5 stars Diana Krall Sings Christmas Songs
Diana Krall is the best at most any genre and is exceptional here. Sultry and lively and very enjoyable to listen to.
Published 4 months ago by alan konrad
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely addition to the holidays
Every few years, I add to my collection of holiday music and Krall's Christmas Songs was this year's selection. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ivalena
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Songs
How does she do it? Ms. Krall makes each song her own with her unique timing and emphasis. Well done.
Published 4 months ago by Rose W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection
I heard this CD playing in a boutique and had to have it. It filled me with the Christmas Spirit!
Published 5 months ago by Kathleen
5.0 out of 5 stars Diana never ceases to fail!
This cd is very upbeat and Jazzy (Diana just doing her thing!).

This is my first Christmas cd I bought made by Diana, I put some of her songs on a playlist and took my... Read more
Published 5 months ago by S.
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