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Christmas Music Playlists with Diana Krall Songs
What Christmas Sounds Like When It Slows To A Krall
Factfile - Diana Krall
- In 1998 Krall recorded a 3 track EP Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (included Christmas Time Is Here / Jingle Bells).
- 2005 saw the release of her first full length Holiday album Christmas Songs. It peaked at #2 on the Canadian albums chart that year and has been certified Gold. Christmas Songs was Krall's first album with a big band.
- Krall duetted with Sarah McLachlan on Christmas Time is Here (2006), with Anne Murray on Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (2008) and also is credited for playing acoustic piano on Blue Christmas for Celine Dion in 1998 (These Are Special Times). In 2012 she performed The Christmas Song with Paul McCartney for the Holidays Rule compilation.
Although her first album would come out in 1990 it would be 8 years before Diana Krall’s famous tinkling of the ivories would have its influence on Christmas music. And what an introduction it was with her soft piano arrangements providing the backdrop for Celine Dion on her renditions of ‘O Holy Night’ and ‘Blue Christmas’ on the 1998 Christmas album ‘These Are Special Times’. Krall’s festive vocals wouldn’t be long in coming as 1998 also saw the release of her first Christmas release, the 3-song ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’ EP. With the quietest of intro’s the title track opened this perfect example of yuletide serenity. Krall would reprise her performance on ‘Anne Murray’s Christmas Album’ a decade later but for now she would go it alone. Her ‘Christmas Time Is Here’ would also find another home on Sarah McLachlan’s gorgeous ‘Wintersong’ album but again on this EP it would be shorn of everyone else except a quietly worded Krall. The EP ended on the jazziest of the 3 tracks ‘Jingle Bells’ and the change in momentum revealed that Krall was definitely up for a good time once the opportunity presented itself.
With Krall’s skills as a producer (she would take charge on Barbara Streisand’s 2009 LP ‘Love is the Answer) it is probably no surprise that her first Christmas album ‘Christmas Songs’ was a sumptuous sounding experience. With the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra beefing up Krall’s piano parts this was a collection of songs that veered from the demure of ‘The Christmas Song’ to the big band production of ‘Let It Snow’. Although the album did not have any originals (and featured the 3 tracks from her 1998 Christmas EP) it included a little known Irving Berlin called ‘Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep’ which in Krall’s hands is as near a lullaby as you’re likely to get from a record that is aimed at adults. The 12-track affair had lots of other delights that were all edged with a loungey jazz trim. ‘Sleigh Ride’ and the lavish ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’ sounded particularly virulent, especially when set again the hordes of non-descript entities that Christmas often throws up.
For a solo artist Diana Krall has shown more than most how open she is to teaming up with other artists to create festive magic. That includes her husband Elvis Costello with whom she sang a live version of ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ on the Stephen Colberts TV show in 2012. That same year Krall also joined up with Paul McCartney for his version of ‘The Christmas Song’ which appeared on the much acclaimed ‘Holidays Rule’ compilation. This time Diana stuck to the piano playing and so gentle is her way with the keys that in places it reminds one of Vince Guaraldi. Her playing proved a perfect fit for McCartney’s low ebbed singing.
I love everything about her:
Diana Krall, (on Peggy Lee)
her elegance, her wit.
And she is one of the greatest influences in what I do as an artist...
Diana Krall Christmas Album & Single Covers