Harry Connick, Jr.: Harry For The Holidays (2003)
”Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and “Frosty the Snowman” carry considerable weight. Our ancestors would love what Connick has done with tradition. Happy feet and happy thoughts emphasize a Crescent City shuffle and afford selected artists a chance to stretch out. Leroy Jones adds sparkling trumpet adventure to the leader’s vocal interpretations on several tracks. What they do with “Silent Night” stands out for its gripping emotions. Elsewhere, Jerry Weldon and Jimmy Greene brighten up the holidays with fiery feelings. Ned Goold resembles a laid-back Lester Young on a heartfelt “I’ll Be Home for the Holidays.” Jones, Greene, Lucian Barbarin and Phil Frazier give Connick a down-home lift when Santa Claus comes to town with a sack full of crawdads, glass beads, jambalaya, and gumbo. Four of the leader’s originals serve as personal gifts for the season. His country & western ballad, “Nothin’ New for New Year (For Me),” invites George Jones to share the microphone with Connick. The two seem as closely matched as brothers, and you’d think they’d been together like this for decades.
Audio samples from each track on Harry For The Holidays may be found at HarryConnickJr.com .
Track Listing: Frosty the Snowman; Blue Christmas; The Christmas Waltz; I Wonder as I Wander; Silver Bells; Mary
Personnel: Big Band: Harry Connick, Jr.- vocals, piano, bass & drums on
Record Label: Columbia Records