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Harry's third holiday album featuring covers of popular Christmas hits, newly written songs and more!",
This review is from: What A Night! A Christmas Album (MP3 Music)
As a long time listener of Harry Connick, Jr., one of my favorite Holiday-related album (and laserdisc) that I purchased was from Harry Connick, Jr. back in 1993 with "When My Heart Finds Christmas".
Fifteen years later, I still listen to the album a lot and although Harry released a sophomore Holiday album in 2003 with "Harry for the Holidays", it didn't capture the same magic as the first album but still enjoyable.
So, here we are five years later, with another Christmas album from Harry Connick, Jr. and it features a good combination of Harry Connick, Jr.'s style of singing popular Christmas classics, his own written songs and also featuring instrumental tracks as well. Most of all, Harry and his big band is back. So, you get a bit of music that are jazzy or songs that other beautiful arrangements featuring an orchestra.
In this album, there are a few interesting collaborations. The first is with jazz/gospel artist Kim Burrell who joins Harry Connick, Jr. for "Let There Be Peace on Earth" and "Song for the Hopeful". With the former featuring a beautiful orchestra-style arrangement and the latter featuring a Harry Connick, Jr. written song featuring a more jazz, contemporary style of track.
The surprise on the Christmas album is the duet with Harry Connick, Jr.'s second daughter Sarah Kate singing with her father. She does a very good job and has her father's flair. What's interesting is that Sarah wasn't even born when the first Holiday album was released and when the second was released, she was only five. So, it's good to see Harry and his daughter (now at the age of 11) singing on this album, considering that Harry Connick Jr. first recorded an album at ten which was titled "Eleven".
There is also a third collaboration with Harry's long time friend and trombone player Lucien Barbarin who joining Harry Connick Jr. in an enjoyable big band style song "Santariffic" which is an original Christmas song by Harry Connick Jr.
Overall, I did enjoy "What a Night! A Christmas Album", I still enjoy the first album more for its holiday ballads and of course, it's more of nostalgia for me and my family. But it's still an enjoyable Christmas album that Harry Connick, Jr. fans will truly enjoy.
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Initial post: Dec 3, 2008 7:52:42 AM PST
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Mark Blackburn says:
Excellent review! Informative, beautifully-written . . . particularly appreciated the personal anecdote about the relative worth of Harry Connick Jr's (3) Christmas offerings, and the assurance that this one is his best-yet!
As it happens on this very night, NBC's annual Rockefeller Center Christmas special will feature Harry, plus another of my musical heroes -- the ageless wonder Tony Bennett (please see my review for Tony's (second) seasonal CD, "A Swingin' Christmas" (with the Count Basie Big Band). It's terrific too!
Left a "helpful" -- hope my vote shows up for a change. Just had to say, "Kudos, Dennis A. Amith," for a(nother) fine review.
Merry Christmas (or happy holidays, whichever applies!)
Mark B of-the-frozen-North (Winnipeg Manitoba Canada -- where the windchill feels this day like 40 below -- down where the two temperature scales meet, 'be it Fahrenheit or Centigrade' as Peggy used to sing, feverishly!
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