Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Diana Krall photography by Jane Sherik

Krall for the Holidays

Grammy winning singer/pianist Diana Krall will keep fans happy this holiday season with the release of her first ever Christmas album Christmas Songs, Featuring the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra (Verve, November 1, 2005).

“It was just the most joyful experience I¹ve had,” Krall says of recording the album. “Yes, it¹s a Christmas album, but I wanted to make this record in a style that the great singers that I admire used to make. I approached this record like I would any other jazz record. It had to swing!²”

The album was recorded in a Hollywood studio this past summer, but that
didn¹t keep Krall and company out of the Christmas spirit: “We set up a
Christmas tree, candles and ornaments in the studio. It was all very joyful
with a lot of laughing. I felt like a little girl and this was my party!”

Christmas Songs, Featuring the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra is a
collection of holiday standards featuring the talents of Grammy winner Tommy
LiPuma, who co-produced the album with Krall, and an all star cast of
musicians. The Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra plays on seven tracks, and
the great jazz composer Johnny Mandel lends a string arrangement to three
others. Two songs were recorded with smaller groups, featuring eminent
jazzmen John Clayton, Anthony Wilson, Jeff Hamilton, Bob Hurt and Stefon

'Christmas Songs, Featuring The Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra' Track

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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