Christmas Songs (Diana Krall album)

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Christmas Songs
Diana Krall - Christmas Songs.png
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 26, 2005 (2005-10-26)
Recorded2005
Studio
Genre
Length44:52
LabelVerve
Producer
Diana Krall chronology
The Girl in the Other Room
(2004)
Christmas Songs
(2005)
From This Moment On
(2006)

Christmas Songs is the eighth studio album by Canadian singer Diana Krall, performed with The Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. It was released on October 26, 2005, by Verve Records. This is Krall's first full-length album of Christmas songs (not counting her 1998 EP Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas), and her first studio album with a big band. The album was released on vinyl for the first time on October 14, 2016.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[2]
Tom HullB[3]
Jazzwise[4]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings[5]

Tad Hendrickson of JazzTimes stated, "Krall gets a ton of help on her Christmas album from the well-drilled Clayton–Hamilton Jazz Orchestra as well as from the usual peeps in her own bands. The singer doesn't work too hard to sell it, preferring to stay in the pocket, and the solos are short all the way around, but it all sounds swingin', fun and jazzy".[6] John Bungey of The Times noted, "If your idea of a perfect Yuletide is Jimmy Stewart on the telly and Bing on the radio, and you believe that, musically, it's all been downhill since 1955, then Krall's album will suit perfectly".[7]

Dave Gelly and Nail Spenser of The Observer wrote, "If you feared the worst after hearing Diana Krall's last, rather droopy CD you can cheer up, because this one proves she hasn't forgotten how to swing after all. Corny idea or not, it is a terrific jazz-vocal album that will raise your spirits now and for several Christmases to come".[8]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Jingle Bells"James Pierpont3:26
2."Let It Snow"4:02
3."The Christmas Song"4:24
4."Winter Wonderland"3:15
5."I'll Be Home for Christmas"3:08
6."Christmas Time Is Here"3:35
7."Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"2:54
8."Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"4:19
9."White Christmas"Irving Berlin4:32
10."What Are You Doing New Year's Eve"Frank Loesser4:10
11."Sleigh Ride"3:26
12."Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep"Berlin3:41
Total length:44:52

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Christmas Songs.[9]

Musicians[edit]

The Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra[edit]

  • Jeff Hamilton – drums
  • Robert Hurst – bass
  • Anthony Wilson – guitar
  • Gerald Clayton – piano (track 7)
  • Tamir Hendelman – piano (track 11); Fender Rhodes (track 10)
  • Jeff Clayton – lead alto saxophone, flute
  • Keith Fiddmont – alto saxophone, clarinet
  • Rickey Woodard – tenor saxophone solos, tenor saxophone, clarinet
  • Charles Owens – tenor saxophone, clarinet
  • Adam Schroeder – baritone saxophone, bass clarinet
  • Rick Baptist, Sal Cracchiolo, Clay Jenkins, Gilberto Gilbert Castellanos, William Barnhart – trumpets
  • Ira Nepus, George Bohanon, Ryan Porter – trombones
  • Tommy Johnson – tuba
  • Rick Todd, David Duke, Joe Meyer, Brad Warnaar – French horns
  • Joe Porcaro – percussion

Technical[edit]

  • Tommy LiPuma – production (all tracks); co-production (tracks 6, 8)
  • Diana Krall – production (all tracks)
  • Johnny Mandel – co-production (tracks 6, 8)
  • Al Schmitt – recording, mixing
  • Steve Genewick – engineering assistance, Pro Tools
  • Koji Egawa – engineering assistance
  • Bill Smith – engineering assistance
  • Brian Vibberts – engineering assistance
  • Dave Swope – engineering assistance
  • Doug Sax – mastering at The Mastering Lab, Ojai, California

Artwork[edit]

  • Hollis King – art direction
  • Coco Shinomiya – design
  • Sam Taylor-Wood – photography

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Austria (IFPI Austria)[38] Gold 15,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[39] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Hungary (MAHASZ)[40] Gold 5,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[41] Platinum 40,000*
Portugal (AFP)[42] Gold 10,000^
United States (RIAA)[43] Gold 500,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Additional recording

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  5. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 844. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
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  7. ^ Bungey, John (December 2, 2005). "Diana Krall: Christmas Songs". The Times. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  8. ^ Gelly, Dave; Spenser, Nail (December 11, 2005). "Diana Krall, Christmas Songs". The Observer. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
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