◎收录“Jingle Bells”、“Let It Snow”、“White Christmas”、“Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”等冬日深情款款传世名曲，自弹自唱深切动人，大乐团烘托更显巨星风华气韵
二○○五年年末，Diana Krall难得的在大眾期盼下发行最应景的音乐专辑，以爵士角度重新詮释大眾耳熟能详的圣诞歌曲，除了与固定班底葛莱美奖制作人Tommy LiPuma和得奖无数的录音师Al Schmitt合作，为呈现温馨与愉悦的圣诞气氛，本辑邀请曾与Rosemary Clooney、Count Basie、Duke Ellington等传奇艺人共同演出的The Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra管弦乐团担任大部分的演奏工作。另外，为Frank Sinatra、Natalie Cole等人编曲、Diana Krall最喜爱的著名音乐家Johnny Mandel，也为"Christmas Time Is Here"、"Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"、"Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep"等三首歌重新编曲制作并亲自指挥。新生代乐手Anthony Wilson、Russell Malone与Stefon Harris等人也在专辑中各有发挥。
虽是圣诞应景作品，本辑却不只是口水歌专辑，除有的经典演出阵容，更精选了许多旋律优美的歌曲，开场"Jingle Bells"、"Let It Snow"、"The Christmas Song"等大眾耳熟能详的歌曲虽不能少，全新曲风充满摇摆情趣，教人惊喜的即兴爵士弹唱亦足以证明Diana的实力和诚意。由Irving Berlin所写、Bing Crosby唱红的"White Christmas"和"Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep"两曲，Diana以自己的观感，用慢板节奏带浪漫微醺的感性嗓音重新赋予崭新的现代都会感；"Winter Wonderland"及"Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"更有精彩的演唱和独奏片段，在Diana Krall的迷人歌声和优美旋律詮释下，洋溢著幸福的愜意情境，温暖每位乐迷的心窝，也不负她爵士一姐的美誉！
Artists | Diana Krall | Christmas Songs
Title: Christmas Songs
Artist: Diana Krall
Label: Verve Records
Release Date: 2005
Christmas Songs is a 2005 album by Diana Krall performed with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. This is Krall's first full-length album of Christmas songs (not counting 1998's Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas EP), and her first studio album with a big band. It is her ninth album overall. Billboard ranked album at number 14 on the magazine's Top Jazz Albums of the Decade.
On 2005's Christmas Songs, Diana Krall applies her sultry vocals and nuanced piano lines to a strong set of holiday classics. In addition to turning in a stirring performance of "The Christmas Song" that would make Nat "King" Cole proud, Krall eases into a swaying version of "Winter Wonderland" and a lush rendition of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." With its dynamic arrangements and pitch-perfect mix of pop and jazz, this album stands alongside other timeless Yuletide outings.
Review by Jim Harrington:
Diana Krall swings like nobody's business on what will likely be the best holiday jazz record of the season. What makes this album truly special is the fact that it holds up as both a Christmas album and as a jazz record. It's perfect for chestnut-roasting weather, but I could also see spinning it in mid-July just for kicks. It's not mere hyperbole to say that this record sounds like an instant classic.
Backed by the sensational Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra for most of the album, the Canadian-born vocalist scats like Satchmo on a ringing version of "Jingle Bells" and then channels Ella with "Let It Snow." It's hard to remember a cooler version of "Winter Wonderland" or a jazzier rendition of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town."
When the singer isn't filling up-tempo songs with holiday cheer, she's absolutely melting her way through snowy-weather classics like "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "White Christmas." Her version of "I'll Be Home for Christmas" is achingly beautiful. The album's finest moment, however, is the bluesy take on "The Christmas Song," which sounds so intimate that you might swear the sexy singer is crooning exclusively for you at of midnight on Christmas Eve.
Toss that brickwalled CD in trash. This is the version to have with no apparent compression. This how music was meant to sound !
Legendary composer Johnny Mandel contributes a string arrangement to "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep." Rounding out the album are previously released versions of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" and "Christmas Time Is Here" with a band that includes guitarist Russell Malone.
This album is the perfect stocking stuffer for the holiday season for you and all your friends!
Diana Krall sings like she truly loves the holidays and holiday songs. On this beautiful production by Tommy LiPuma and Al Schmidt, Diana is accompanied by the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra on tunes including holiday standards like “Jingle Bells,” “Let It Snow,” “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “White Christmas” and “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.” Krall swings like nobody’s business on what will likely be the best holiday jazz record of the season. What makes this album truly special is the fact that it holds up as both a Christmas album and as a jazz record. It’s perfect for chestnut-roasting weather, but you could also see spinning it in mid-July just for kicks. It’s not mere hyperbole to say that this record sounds like an instant classic. Mastered from the original half-inch analog masters by Bernie Grundman.
01. "Jingle Bells" (James Pierpont) 03:26
02. "Let It Snow" (Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn) 04:02
03. "The Christmas Song" (Mel Torm,? Robert Wells) 04:24
04. "Winter Wonderland" (Felix Bernard, Richard B. Smith) 03:15
05. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" (Kim Cannon, Walter Kent, Buck Ram) 03:08
06. "Christmas Time Is Here" (Vince Guaraldi, Lee Mendelson) 03:35
07. "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" (J. Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie) 02:54
08. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin) 04:19
09. "White Christmas" (Irving Berlin) 04:32
10. "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve" (Frank Loesser) 04:10
11. "Sleigh Ride" (Leroy Anderson, Mitchell Parish) 03:26
12. "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep" (Irving Berlin) 03:41