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Harry for the Holidays

Harry Connick, Jr.  Main Performer

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1 Frosty the Snowman Rollins/Nelson 3:34
2 Blue Christmas Hayes/Johnson 3:23
3 The Christmas Waltz Styne/Cahn 3:18
4 I Wonder as I Wander Traditional 3:07
5 Silver Bells Evans/Livingston 3:58
6 Mary's Little Boy Child Hairston 5:10
7 Santa Claus Is Coming to Town Coots/Gillespie 3:56
8 The Happy Elf Connick 3:42
9 I'll Be Home for Christmas Kent/Ram/Gannon 5:57
10 I Come With Love Connick 4:43
11 Nature Boy Ahbez 3:49
12 O Little Town of Bethlehem Traditional/Redner 3:25
13 I'm Gonna Be the First One Connick 3:27
14 This Christmas Hathaway/McKinnor 3:47
15 Nothin' New for New Year Connick 4:08
16 Silent Night Gruber/Mohr 4:54
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Harry for the Holidays

Audio Compact Disc

Label: Columbia

Category: Pop/Rock

Harry for the Holidays

UPC: 827969055021

Release Date: 10/28/2003

Original Release Date: 10/28/2003

Number of Discs: 1

Tracks: [Frosty the Snowman, Blue Christmas, The Christmas Waltz, I Wonder as I Wander, Silver Bells, Mary's Little Boy Child, Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, The Happy Elf, I'll Be Home for Christmas, I Come With Love, Nature Boy, O Little Town of Bethlehem, I'm Gonna Be the First One, This Christmas, Nothin' New for New Year, Silent Night]

Matt Collar

Ten years after his first holiday-themed album, When My Heart Finds Christmas, pianist/vocalist Harry Connick, Jr. found the spirit again with Harry for the Holidays. Still centered on Connick's vocals, this foray into "tinsel tunes" is more jazz oriented than his 1993 release and allows for his growth as a performer, arranger, and conductor. Like a Brooks Brothers' suit worn at Mardi Gras, Connick's writing for his big band and full orchestra mixes New Orleans rhythms with crisp, swinging arrangements that call to mind '60s Michel Legrand and Quincy Jones. Nothing Connick has done before can quite prepare you for the screaming trumpets and rollicking second-line-style swing of his leadoff take on "Frosty the Snowman." In fact, most of the classic standards here, including "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" and "Silver Bells," get highly unexpected treatments as on "Santa Clause Is Coming to Town," which is worked up into a funky, brass-band "go-go" dance number. Similarly tasty is "I'll Be Home for Christmas," which not only features some of the best crooning the Will and Grace star has ever done, but also a beautifully modest Count Basie-inspired piano solo. There is also an appealing balance to Harry for the Holidays between songs of Christmas nostalgia and heartfelt ruminations on what the season means in a deeper sense. Throw in four original compositions that touch on Scott Walker-esque orchestrated pop, Tin Pan Alley songcraft, and country -- yes, that is the George Jones dueting with Connick on "Nothin' New for the New Year" -- and not only do you have one of the best holiday albums in years, but easily the best album of Connick's career. ~ Matt Collar, Rovi