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The only vocalist in history to net Grammy Awards in three different categories (jazz, pop, and R&B, respectively), Al Jarreau was born in Milwaukee, WI, on March 12, 1940. The son of a vicar, he earned his first performing experience singing in the church choir. After receiving his master's degree in psychology, Jarreau pursued a career as a social worker, but eventually he decided to ... Read more in Amazon's Al Jarreau Store

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Listen  1. Winter Wonderland 4:200.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Hark The Herald Angels Sing 3:240.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. White Christmas 5:500.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. By My Christmas Tree0:290.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Carol Of The Bells 4:220.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Oh Come All Ye Faithful 4:180.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Christmas Song 4:550.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. I'll Be Home For Christmas 3:430.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Gloria In Excelsis 4:350.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Christmas Time Is Here 4:270.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas 6:160.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Some Children See Him 4:100.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. The Little Christmas Tree 3:000.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Up On The Housetop0:300.79  Buy MP3 

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Jarreau,Al ~ Christmas

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. Alan Chivers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Al Jarreau's "Christmas" is a delightful surprise for anyone who has followed his music career. On this album Al collaborates with some of the best contemporary arrangers, including Larry Williams and Jorge Calandrelli, to deliver a smooth jazz mix of holiday standards. Listen out for "Winter Wonderland"; "Hark The Herald Angels Sing"; "White Christmas"; and "I'll Be Home For Christmas". "Some Children See Him" (a song penned by Alfred Burt and Wihla Hutson) is fast becoming one of my holiday favourites. I first heard it on the "Christmas With Maureen McGovern" album; and for me it had the instant "ZING" factor. I have since heard the sublimely moving James Taylor/Dave Grusin arrangement; and have now just experienced Al Jarreau's take. It is uniquely his own. Another arrangement that tugs at the heartstrings. "The Little Christmas Tree" is a song I've not heard before - but I like it. I like it a lot!!!! Fans of Al's style will LOVE this album!!!!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Merry Christmas, Everybody!" 19 Dec 2009
By Rebecca*rhapsodyinblue* - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"I really hope you folks like this listen. There are some 'Jarreau-isms' that stretch the boundaries of 'traditional' a little bit, but it's all with the greatest respect and reverence. And it's still real approachable and fun." ~ Al Jarreau ~

Al Jarreau's "Christmas" is the latest addition to my Christmas music collection. It is his very first Christmas album. On his concise Liner Notes, he admitted that he had been "promising all his fans to record a Christmas album for decades and had also been promising his wife, Susan, the most Christmasy person he knows, way, way longer." I'm so glad that he finally kept his promise and recorded a lovely Christmas album last year for his fans to enjoy year after year for all the years to come.

The listeners are in for a real Christmas treat as Al Jarreau announces to the world that "Christmas Time Is Here." He will take you to "Winter Wonderland" and will warm your heart while he sings some of the best-loved Christmas carols such as "The Christmas Song," "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," "White Christmas" and a lot more.

One of the many things to love about this recording is the well-blended voices of Take 6 as they join the multi-Grammy-winning-artist in rendering one of the best tracks, "I'll Be Home For Christmas."

Another reason to appreciate it is the element of cool jazz that Al Jarreau and the band infused on the traditional carols heard in "O Come All Ye Faithful," "Carol of the Bells" and "Hark The Herald Angels Sing."

One more thing to consider is the excellent musicianship of arranger/multi-instrumentalist Larry Williams (keyboards/clarinet/tenor sax/piano), Larry Goldings (organ), Chris Walker (bass), Mark Simmons (drums), Jo Turano (background vocals/piano/tenor sax), Lenny Castro (percussion), Michael O'Neill and Ross Bolton (guitar), from among others.

All things considered as to vocal style, musicianship, arrangements and material, this is one of the most enjoyable Christmas music I've ever heard in my entire listening journey. It is truly a listening delight. My ears are drawn to his unique and ingenious "Jarreau-isms" that he is stylistically famous for.

On Liner Notes, Al Jarreau quoted a line taken from his favorite movie, "A Christmas Carol," which happens to be the most popular Christmas story ever told. It is also the most remarkable and enduring classic from Charles Dickens, so I'm sharing it here...

"Merry Christmas, everybody! God bless us, every one. And God bless Tiny Tim."
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new sound for Christmas 16 Oct 2008
By CXC - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you love Al Jarreau, then you will love this new "Al" sounds of Christmas - His own unique touch on the old familiar songs, and a couple of the not so familiar ones. Beautiful arrangements make this a winner! Not the same old carols, sounding the same every year you hear them. They are so refreshingly different sounding, I enjoyed listening to them now. Who needs to wait for Christmas.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I'm dreaming of a jazzy Christmas 17 Nov 2008
By R. Kyle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Been waiting for Al Jarreau to bring out a Christmas CD for a long time. His "White Christmas" cover is one of my favorites. This year, he's listened and gifted us with a CD. And what a generous gift, too. Jarreau's packed a whopping 14 songs and 54 plus minutes into this collection.

"Christmas" is not for non-jazz or non-Jarreau fans. If you like the traditional ballads done the same old way just by different singers, don't buy this CD. If you want a lot of upbeat, some syncopation, and a whole lot of souful jazz, this CD is for you. I'm definitely going to be enjoying this CD for years to come.


Carol of the Bells
White Christmas
Gloria in Excelsis

My only complaint is I wish Jarreau had come up with a new song for us to enjoy this Christmas. I love his work on the tried and true, but I'd like to see him really step out and show us something new.

Rebecca Kyle, November 2008
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Al Jarreau Owns Christmas 3 Nov 2009
By M. Hill - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Finally, an Al Jarreau Christmas CD, and it was worth the wait. He has never sounded better and this CD is a winner from beginning to end. White Christmas, Carol of the Bells, Christmas Time is Here, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, in fact all 13 songs, are enriched by Jarreau's vocal arrangements. Some Christmas CD's are haphazardly constructed and little more than last-minute conglomerations designed to make all involved a few fast bucks, but this creation is finely crafted and lovingly created. The musical arrangements are first rate and Rhino CDs always sound crystal clear. For Jarreau lovers and for jazz lovers, this CD is a gift.

A couple of highlights -- I'll be home for Christmas with Take 6 was a surprise. Jarreau's unfettered vocal riffs play perfectly against the structured harmonies of Take 6. I wondered how the two different styles would mesh together, and the result is perfection. And, Gloria in Excelsis places Jarreau in a gospel-like setting and the combination is magic. If you love Jarreau's voice, owning this CD is an absolute must.
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