Diana Krall “Christmas Songs”

  • Artist: Diana Krall
  • Album: Christmas Songs
  • Label: Verve Records
  • Release Date: November 1, 2005
  • Genre: Christmas
  • Formats: CD, LP

I will confess that I endure the Christmas songs over the holiday season; this Diana Krall album is one of those rare exceptions.  Tommy LiPuma and Diana Krall’s production is stunning, and John Clayton’s arrangements and the Clayton/Hamilton orchestra’s execution is flawless. Ms. Krall does a remarkable job breathing life in many tired Christmas songs that you have heard way too often.

You’d think it would be hard to make “Jingle Bells” sound new, but Krall succeeds and makes a song I hate enjoyable. Her take on “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” invokes memories more black and white than snow and evergreen, and with the length of her notes, excellent phrasing and sustain invokes the aching futility at the root of the song in a way not heard since World War II. Reference Sound Quality. Available on LP also.

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