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Jazz to the World
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Special Interest, New Age, Pop, R&B, Classical
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The gals make it enjoyable.
Neal C. Reynolds | Indianapolis, Indiana | 12/05/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"With the exception of Herbie Hancock and Eliane Elias on "I'll Be Home For Christmas", I found the instrumentals here rather disappointing and unexciting, even for smooth jazz. Especially disappointing to me was Dave Koz' "Winter Wonderland". He has a very short version of the song on his album: "Dave Koz & Friends: A Smooth Jazz Christmas". On that album, the brief taste of the song as part of "Overture" has a life of its own. That's missing here. Of course, the personell except for Bill Sharpe on bass is different, and that makes the difference. Dave just doesn't play as well with the group of this CD as he does with the group on his own.However, the Herbie Hancock cut comes out strong, and then there are the marvelous ladies here. I'll go with the crowd in lauding Dianne Reeves & Lou Rawls "Baby, It's Cold Outside". This is a tremendous rendition. But Diana Krall's soulful "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" comes across as a strong number also. Cassandra Wilson has fun with "Little Drummer Boy" and Cyro Baptista's percussion shouldn't be slighted. And Anita Baker carries "The Christmas Song" quite well.If you enjoy the female vocalists as I do, you'll like this, but for a really good smooth jazz Christmas set, give Dave Koz & Friends a try."
Cold outside? Come in and listen to this warm collection...
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I'm a purist when it comes to Christmas carols, and I like arrangements to be interesting and yet familiar. Although made up of Christmas standards, this album falls into the "interesting" camp more than the "familiar." It is, for example, difficult to sing along with most of the songs on this CD. This album certainly isn't my favorite Christmas album, but it boasts three fantastic arrangements: Diana Krall's "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," Holly Cole's "Christmas Blues," and perhaps the most satisfying version I've heard of "Baby it's Cold Outside," sung by Dianne Reeves and Lou Rawls. Those three songs make this CD indispensible. Overall, the CD is a nice mix of the mellow, melancholy, and quietly happy. Worth playing several times a season."
I can't wait til Christmas..
Mary | Haddonfield, NJ | 12/08/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"so I'd have an excuse to play this delicious collection. I have not tired of it through the years. It de-stresses the holidays and makes the mood. Quality performances by great performers for a good cause. What more could you ask for?"