Grace Haggerty | What A Wonderful World Review
by Jeff Becker
Grace Haggerty is a jazz vocalist that exudes style and sophistication. Haggerty hit the jazz community with a beautiful debut album titled, My Funny Valentine, which was well received by jazz radio stations across North America and internationally. The radio programmers enjoyed her straightforward approach of classic jazz, and the album enjoyed five weeks on the NACC Top 30 Jazz Chart, breaking into the Top 14, including ten weeks on the RMR Top 50 chart, peaking at #8 for ten weeks. Haggerty is now teaming up with renowned conductor/arranger Angelo DiPippo and Fred Guarino at Tiki Studios to bring us a holiday single, “What A Wonderful World.”
The lushness of an orchestra joins Haggerty. The beauty of the horns and the dreamy sound of strings enlivens the classic Armstrong tune. What has become a classic for the holidays offers a universal message of love and peace. Haggerty is in top form, honoring the tradition of the song. Her straightforward approach and warmly hued voice are an eloquent tribute to the splendor of the music.
Of particular note is the arrangement, the care that DiPippo put into the nuances of the arrangement is immediately evident as Haggerty floats a top without encumberment. He enhances each note of divinity in the melody to fully support and compliment Haggerty. A solid addition to your playlist for the listener who enjoys a classic sound. A definite win for the holiday season playlist, especially for your festive dinner party. Well done!