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What a Night! - A Christmas Album

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Not only is this Harry Connick, Jr.'s third album of Christmas carols, it is also quite possibly his best. In fact, New York City's event planners were enchanted enough to invite him to perform at the 2008 lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. By mixing yuletide carols with a big band orchestra, New Orleans-steeped jazz, and ‘40s-inspired bebop, Connick has forged his own unique kind of Holiday tradition. This one opens with a swinging take on "It's the Most Wonderful Time Of The Year" followed by Connick's own "What A Night!" one of four original compositions written for this engagement. Playing like a string-laden Sinatra ballad, the sentimental "Christmas Day" (another self-penned tune) was originally meant to be the title track. Gospel diva Kim Burrell graces "Let There Be Peace On Earth" with a soulful vocal performance over sweeping strings and a lilting horn section; she also joins Connick on the beat-heavy "Song for the Hopeful," another original that was initially written for the 2008 made- for-T.V. movie Living Proof. Connick transforms "We Three Kings" into a funky instrumental, but the star on the tree belongs to "Winter Wonderland," showcasing an endearing duet with Connick's daughter, Sarah Kate.

Customer Reviews

Not as excellent as previous two Christmas albums, but still worth the purchase

As always, I'm annoyed by the negative reviews from people who obviously didn't buy and listen to the entire album, but only listened to the 30 second samples and have made a snap judgement based on that alone. This is a good Christmas album and a good Harry album. I haven't enjoyed What a Night as much as the previous two albums, but this is still the best Christmas album I've purchased since Harry for the Holidays. The three gems of the album are "Santariffic, We Three Kings, and his duet with his daughter on "Winter Wonderland."

Excellent Holiday Album, and only $10.

Christmas songs are slowly getting more and more unoriginal, and artists are simply repeating what's already been done without adding anything of their own to it. Harry Connick Jr. is very different. He adds an upbeat, New Orleans twist to classic Christmas songs. This is a fun album to relax and enjoy the holidays with.

Cheery, Bright and an Instant Classic

For the past 3 years Christmas feels classic again, like it did when I was a kid, and it does all over again. His last Christmas album was in heavy rotation, and now we have a new Gift! This is quite "new" sounding but the style and the classic jazzy, big band sound with Harry's crooning makes it sound authentic and warms you right up. Harry is the new Bing, but not so new that it lacks reference. This is simply what Christmas should sound like today, and it delivers, just like Santa!


Born: September 11, 1967 in New Orleans, LA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

With very few exceptions, the career of Harry Connick, Jr., can be divided in half -- his first two albums encompassed straight-ahead New Orleans jazz and stride piano while his later career (which paralleled his rising celebrity status) alternated between more contemporary New Orleans music and pop vocals with a debt to Frank Sinatra. Born in New Orleans on September 11, 1967, Connick grew up the son of two lawyers who owned a record store. After beginning on keyboards at the age of three, he first...
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