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I Dream Of Christmas

Norah Jones

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Christmas music, which first became a common move for singers back in the 1950s, continues to exert a mystical pull on musicians from punk rockers to pop/jazz luminaries like Norah Jones. There are two paths to making a Christmas record: cover the classics or write your own tunes. Given that Christmas music is built on impossibly catchy one-hit wonders, and the list of successful songwriters includes such talents as Irving Berlin ("White Christmas"), Leroy Anderson ("Sleigh Ride") and Johnny Marks ("Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer"), the bar is high if you're banging out originals. On the other hand, presenting your version of the classics is equally daunting considering that you're following heavyweights like Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, and Elvis Presley. Norah Jones decided to split the risk by molding classics into her style while also writing half an album of new Christmas originals. Twenty years past her early but still resonant hits like "Don't Know Why," and "Turn Me On" (both from blockbuster debut Come Away with Me) Jones makes her mark on the genre with the five tunes she penned, sometimes in collaboration with album producer Leon Michels. The single, a Jones original called "Christmas Calling (Jolly Jones)," is an enjoyably melodic holiday number. Her gospel-inflected "You're Not Alone" unfurls like a classic '60s country tune with an assembly of overdubs providing angelic vocals on the choruses and a pedal steel guitar ringing in the background. Pedal steel returns on "Winter Wonderland" where a synth sounds like timbales. The champ among the classics attempted, however, is "Christmas Don't Be Late" which gets a wonderfully slow, torchy arrangement. Memorable details include the oozy horns of Raymond Mason, Dave Guy and Leon Michels, the snare drum reverb, and Jones—singing her own harmonies—leaning into the "hula hoop" line. Vince Guaraldi's "Christmas Time Is Here," famous from the Peanuts cartoon, is a natural fit for Jones' piano-and-voice prowess. Berlin's "White Christmas'' gets a straight mid tempo cocktail jazz reading with Jones keeping up a brisk pace. On the other hand, the Elvis chestnut, "Blue Christmas'' gets an ultra-slow reading with Jones on piano and vocals, letting her impeccably tight vibrato stretch over this holiday lament. The other favorite that Jones makes her own is "Run Rudolph Run," best known as Chuck Berry's Christmas hit, which here benefits from a deep rhumba beat and reverb on her doubled vocals. Ever the mercurial talent, Jones' holiday dream is a worthy addition to the Christmas lexicon that's merry and bright and yet innovative where it counts. © Robert Baird/Qobuz

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1
Christmas Calling (Jolly Jones)
00:03:20

Steve Cook, A&R Admin - Leon Michels, Producer, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, Synth Pads - Nick Movshon, Electric Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Norah Jones, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Brian Blade, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Jones, A&R - Jens Jungkurth, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex De Turk, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lucas Carpenter, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Anastasi, A&R

℗ 2021 Capitol Records, LLC

2
Christmas Don't Be Late
00:02:40

Steve Cook, A&R Admin - Leon Michels, Producer, Flute, Glockenspiel, Percussion, Saxophone, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Guy, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Norah Jones, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Blade, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Scherr, Electric Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Jones, A&R - Raymond Mason, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Jens Jungkurth, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex De Turk, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ross Bagdasarian, Sr., ComposerLyricist - Lucas Carpenter, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Anastasi, A&R

℗ 2021 Capitol Records, LLC

3
Christmas Glow
00:02:45

Steve Cook, A&R Admin - Leon Michels, Producer, Percussion, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Norah Jones, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Brian Blade, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Scherr, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Jones, A&R - Jens Jungkurth, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex De Turk, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lucas Carpenter, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Anastasi, A&R

℗ 2021 Capitol Records, LLC

4
White Christmas
00:03:05

Steve Cook, A&R Admin - Irving Berlin, ComposerLyricist - Leon Michels, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Norah Jones, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Blade, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Scherr, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Jones, A&R - Jens Jungkurth, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex De Turk, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lucas Carpenter, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Anastasi, A&R

℗ 2021 Capitol Records, LLC

5
Christmastime
00:04:00

Steve Cook, A&R Admin - Leon Michels, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Nick Movshon, Electric Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Norah Jones, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Brian Blade, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Jones, A&R - Jens Jungkurth, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex De Turk, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lucas Carpenter, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Anastasi, A&R

℗ 2021 Capitol Records, LLC

6
Blue Christmas
00:03:24

Steve Cook, A&R Admin - Leon Michels, Producer, Flute, Glockenspiel, Percussion, Saxophone, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Billy Hayes, ComposerLyricist - Norah Jones, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Blade, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jay W. Johnson, ComposerLyricist - Tony Scherr, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Jones, A&R - Jens Jungkurth, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex De Turk, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lucas Carpenter, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Anastasi, A&R

℗ 2021 Capitol Records, LLC

7
It's Only Christmas Once A Year
00:02:04

Steve Cook, A&R Admin - Leon Michels, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Norah Jones, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rashaan Carter, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rachel Jones, A&R - Marika Hughes, Cello, Additional Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Jens Jungkurth, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex De Turk, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Anastasi, A&R

℗ 2021 Capitol Records, LLC

8
You're Not Alone
00:03:52

Steve Cook, A&R Admin - Leon Michels, Producer, Percussion, Saxophone, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Nick Movshon, Electric Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Guy, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Norah Jones, Organ, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Russ Pahl, Additional Engineer, Pedal Steel, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Blade, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Jones, A&R - Jens Jungkurth, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex De Turk, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lucas Carpenter, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Anastasi, A&R

℗ 2021 Capitol Records, LLC

9
Winter Wonderland
00:03:32

Steve Cook, A&R Admin - Felix Bernard, Composer, Author - Richard B. Smith, Composer, Author - Leon Michels, Producer, Flute, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, Synth Pads - Norah Jones, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Russ Pahl, Additional Engineer, Pedal Steel, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Blade, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Scherr, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Jones, A&R - Jens Jungkurth, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex De Turk, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lucas Carpenter, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Anastasi, A&R

℗ 2021 Capitol Records, LLC

10
A Holiday With You
00:02:40

Steve Cook, A&R Admin - Leon Michels, Producer, Percussion, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Norah Jones, Vocals, Wurlitzer Organ, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Brian Blade, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Scherr, Electric Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Jones, A&R - Jens Jungkurth, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex De Turk, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lucas Carpenter, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Anastasi, A&R

℗ 2021 Capitol Records, LLC

11
Run Rudolph Run
00:03:11

Marvin Brodie, ComposerLyricist - Steve Cook, A&R Admin - Johnny Marks, ComposerLyricist - Leon Michels, Producer, Percussion, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Nick Movshon, Electric Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Norah Jones, Organ, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Blade, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Jones, A&R - Jens Jungkurth, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex De Turk, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lucas Carpenter, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Anastasi, A&R

℗ 2021 Capitol Records, LLC

12
Christmas Time Is Here
00:03:45

LEE MENDELSON, ComposerLyricist - Steve Cook, A&R Admin - Vince Guaraldi, ComposerLyricist - Leon Michels, Producer, Flute, Saxophone, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Norah Jones, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Blade, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Scherr, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Jones, A&R - Jens Jungkurth, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex De Turk, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lucas Carpenter, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Anastasi, A&R

℗ 2021 Capitol Records, LLC

13
What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?
00:04:03

Steve Cook, A&R Admin - FRANK LOESSER, ComposerLyricist - Leon Michels, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Norah Jones, Organ, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Russ Pahl, Additional Engineer, Pedal Steel, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Blade, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Scherr, Electric Guitar, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Jones, A&R - Jens Jungkurth, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex De Turk, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lucas Carpenter, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Anastasi, A&R

℗ 2021 Capitol Records, LLC

Album Description

Christmas music, which first became a common move for singers back in the 1950s, continues to exert a mystical pull on musicians from punk rockers to pop/jazz luminaries like Norah Jones. There are two paths to making a Christmas record: cover the classics or write your own tunes. Given that Christmas music is built on impossibly catchy one-hit wonders, and the list of successful songwriters includes such talents as Irving Berlin ("White Christmas"), Leroy Anderson ("Sleigh Ride") and Johnny Marks ("Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer"), the bar is high if you're banging out originals. On the other hand, presenting your version of the classics is equally daunting considering that you're following heavyweights like Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, and Elvis Presley. Norah Jones decided to split the risk by molding classics into her style while also writing half an album of new Christmas originals. Twenty years past her early but still resonant hits like "Don't Know Why," and "Turn Me On" (both from blockbuster debut Come Away with Me) Jones makes her mark on the genre with the five tunes she penned, sometimes in collaboration with album producer Leon Michels. The single, a Jones original called "Christmas Calling (Jolly Jones)," is an enjoyably melodic holiday number. Her gospel-inflected "You're Not Alone" unfurls like a classic '60s country tune with an assembly of overdubs providing angelic vocals on the choruses and a pedal steel guitar ringing in the background. Pedal steel returns on "Winter Wonderland" where a synth sounds like timbales. The champ among the classics attempted, however, is "Christmas Don't Be Late" which gets a wonderfully slow, torchy arrangement. Memorable details include the oozy horns of Raymond Mason, Dave Guy and Leon Michels, the snare drum reverb, and Jones—singing her own harmonies—leaning into the "hula hoop" line. Vince Guaraldi's "Christmas Time Is Here," famous from the Peanuts cartoon, is a natural fit for Jones' piano-and-voice prowess. Berlin's "White Christmas'' gets a straight mid tempo cocktail jazz reading with Jones keeping up a brisk pace. On the other hand, the Elvis chestnut, "Blue Christmas'' gets an ultra-slow reading with Jones on piano and vocals, letting her impeccably tight vibrato stretch over this holiday lament. The other favorite that Jones makes her own is "Run Rudolph Run," best known as Chuck Berry's Christmas hit, which here benefits from a deep rhumba beat and reverb on her doubled vocals. Ever the mercurial talent, Jones' holiday dream is a worthy addition to the Christmas lexicon that's merry and bright and yet innovative where it counts. © Robert Baird/Qobuz

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