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Christmas

Al Jarreau

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If ever there was a singer suited for a holiday album it was Al Jarreau, whose friendly, honeyed croon always felt warm and welcoming. Those traits are evident on his 2008 seasonal album Christmas but so are his scatting roots, perhaps a little bit too much so for this to be the kind of soothing soundtrack to a Christmas party that it might initially seem to be, particularly as the first section of the album is loaded with just a little bit too much syncopation and swing. As Christmas rolls on, things settle down into a smooth quiet storm groove, never pushing too hard on either the vocal or arrangement front, which is a bit of a relief after the slightly overcooked first half. This back-end -- containing a silken "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," a light "The Little Christmas Tree" and a mildly funky "Gloria in Excelsis" -- is what Jarreau fans would hope, even expect, from an Al Jarreau Christmas album and it's the reason to give this a seasonal spin.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Winter Wonderland
00:04:20

Al Jarreau, Vocals, MainArtist - Felix Bernard, Dick Smith, Writer

© 2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company

2
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
00:03:24

Traditional, Writer - Al Jarreau, Vocals, MainArtist

© 2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company

3
White Christmas
00:05:50

Irving Berlin, Writer - Al Jarreau, Vocals, MainArtist

© 2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company

4
By My Christmas Tree
00:00:28

Al Jarreau, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

© 2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company

5
Carol of the Bells
00:04:22

Traditional, Writer - Gary Hoey, Arranger - Al Jarreau, Vocals, MainArtist

© 2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company

6
Oh Come All Ye Faithful
00:04:18

Traditional, Writer - Al Jarreau, Vocals, MainArtist

© 2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company

7
The Christmas Song
00:04:55

Mel TORME, Composer, Writer - Robert Wells, Composer, Writer - Al Jarreau, Vocals, MainArtist

© 2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company

8
I'll Be Home for Christmas
00:03:43

Buck Ram, Writer - KIM GANNON, Writer - WALTER KENT, Writer - Gary Hoey, Arranger - Al Jarreau, Vocals, MainArtist

© 2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company

9
Gloria in Excelsis
00:04:35

LARRY WILLIAMS, Writer - Al Jarreau, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

© 2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company

10
Christmas Time Is Here
00:04:27

LEE MENDELSON, Writer - Roger Treece, Arranger - Vince Guaraldi, Writer - Al Jarreau, Vocals, MainArtist

© 2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company

11
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
00:06:16

Hugh Martin, Writer - Ralph Blane, Writer - Al Jarreau, Vocals, MainArtist

© 2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company

12
Some Children See Him
00:04:10

A. Burt, Writer - Al Jarreau, Vocals, MainArtist - W. Huston, Writer

© 2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company

13
The Little Christmas Tree
00:03:00

Al Jarreau, Vocals, MainArtist

© 2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company

14
Up on the Housetop
00:00:30

Traditional, Writer - Al Jarreau, Vocals, MainArtist

© 2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company

Album Description

If ever there was a singer suited for a holiday album it was Al Jarreau, whose friendly, honeyed croon always felt warm and welcoming. Those traits are evident on his 2008 seasonal album Christmas but so are his scatting roots, perhaps a little bit too much so for this to be the kind of soothing soundtrack to a Christmas party that it might initially seem to be, particularly as the first section of the album is loaded with just a little bit too much syncopation and swing. As Christmas rolls on, things settle down into a smooth quiet storm groove, never pushing too hard on either the vocal or arrangement front, which is a bit of a relief after the slightly overcooked first half. This back-end -- containing a silken "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," a light "The Little Christmas Tree" and a mildly funky "Gloria in Excelsis" -- is what Jarreau fans would hope, even expect, from an Al Jarreau Christmas album and it's the reason to give this a seasonal spin.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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