20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: The Best of Smooth Jazz Christmas

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All Music Guide - Rob Theakston
There are innumerable smooth jazz holiday compilations currently flooding the market, but this one has something special in store for aficionados of the genre. This 20th Century Masters edition of smooth jazz holiday favorites is assembled from three volumes of GRP Christmas favorites and Motown's smooth jazz Christmas album from the mid-'90s. The 11-song collection is a smooth blend of holiday favorites and contemporary standards rolled up with a twist of lime. A lineup of accomplished performers, including Patti Austin, Lee Ritenour, David Benoit, and the Yellowjackets are blended in with up-and-coming artists and other smooth jazz mainstays to deliver a soft, warm ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rob Theakston
There are innumerable smooth jazz holiday compilations currently flooding the market, but this one has something special in store for aficionados of the genre. This 20th Century Masters edition of smooth jazz holiday favorites is assembled from three volumes of GRP Christmas favorites and Motown's smooth jazz Christmas album from the mid-'90s. The 11-song collection is a smooth blend of holiday favorites and contemporary standards rolled up with a twist of lime. A lineup of accomplished performers, including Patti Austin, Lee Ritenour, David Benoit, and the Yellowjackets are blended in with up-and-coming artists and other smooth jazz mainstays to deliver a soft, warm session that is polished in its production and sequenced in a pleasantly inoffensive manner. A nice alternative to run-of-the-mill traditional holiday compilations and a nice supplement to any smooth jazz collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/2005
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 602498838167
  • Catalog Number: 000516302
  • Sales rank: 353,778

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Angels We Have Heard on High (4:32)
  2. 2 Christmas Time Is Here (3:27)
  3. 3 Feliz Navidad - Tom Scott (4:17)
  4. 4 Carol of the Bells - David Benoit (3:42)
  5. 5 White Christmas - Lee Ritenour (3:11)
  6. 6 Silent Night (3:22)
  7. 7 Angels in the Snow - Eric Reed (4:37)
  8. 8 The Christmas Song - Norman Brown (4:31)
  9. 9 This Christmas (4:17)
  10. 10 What Child Is This - J. Spencer (4:23)
  11. 11 Go Tell It on the Mountain (4:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Patti Austin Vocals
Bob Mintzer Soprano Saxophone
Tom Scott Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Norman Brown Guitar
Don Grusin Keyboards, electronic percussion
Eric Reed Piano
Jimmy Haslip Bass
George Jinda Percussion, Udu
Michael Abene Piano, Keyboards, Synclavier
David Benoit Piano
Bonnie Boyer Background Vocals
Tom Brechtlein Drums
Scott Cannady Bass
Tim Cornwell Percussion
Bob Feldman Electric Bass
Russell Ferrante Keyboards
Johnny Friday Drums, Timbales
Grant Geissman Guitar
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
William Kennedy Drums
John Mahoney Synclavier
James Manning Bass
Frank McComb Strings, Vocals, Brass, fender rhodes
Tom McMorran Piano
Alison Mills Vocals
Chieli Minucci Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Tony Morales Drums
George Mraz Bass, Bass Guitar
Derek Organ Drums
Lee Ritenour Guitar
Joel Smith Bass, Bass Guitar
Neil Stubenhaus Bass
Ben Wolfe Bass
Dave Kochanski Keyboards
Alonzo Powell Drums
Tommy Organ Guitar
Bruce Buchanan Synclavier
Stephanie Ihde Vocals
Andre Woodert Vocals
Sasha Zatolokin Vocals
Brian Kim Vocals
Ali Muhammed Jackson Drums
Esme Ganz Vocals
Sadie Grusin Vocals
Omar Liu Vocals
Remy MacLeod Vocals
Mandy O'Neal Vocals
Katherine Upton Vocals
Jimmy Johnson Bass, Bass Guitar
Terry Clarke Drums
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Donny Hathaway Composer
Vince Guaraldi Composer
Tom Scott Programming
Mel Tormé Composer
Yellowjackets Producer
Norman Brown Producer
Don Grusin Producer, Audio Production
Franz Gruber Composer
Michael Abene Producer, Audio Production
Billy Banks Audio Production
William Banks Producer
Elliott Federman Mastering
Frank McComb Producer, Audio Production
Carl Wheeler Producer, Audio Production, Instrumentation
Vartan Art Direction
Mike Ragogna Producer
Dana Smart Producer
Peter J. Wilhousky Composer
Lee Mendelson Composer
Joseph Mohr Composer
Nadine McKinnor Composer
Traditional Composer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
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