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Timeless Christmas
     

A Timeless Christmas

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by Israel
 

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One of the most remarkable Christmas albums of 2006 was Israel & New Breed's A Timeless Christmas, a disc that, once again, proves that bandleader Israel Houghton is as much a soul singer as he is a champion of cross-generational, multi-ethnic praise & worship music. In 2002, he took a departure towards '70s R&B with the

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One of the most remarkable Christmas albums of 2006 was Israel & New Breed's A Timeless Christmas, a disc that, once again, proves that bandleader Israel Houghton is as much a soul singer as he is a champion of cross-generational, multi-ethnic praise & worship music. In 2002, he took a departure towards '70s R&B with the impossibly soulful Real, and A Timeless Christmas picks up where that album left off. The disc does justice to its title, as this is yuletide fare that transcends the sounds of the season not only in sound, but also in spirit: Houghton isn't concerned with the commodification of the holidays, but with Christ's birth -- not as a feeble, defenseless babe, but as a King incarnate that's worthy of utmost celebration and glory. Houghton leaves some room for levity, as in the cinematic "Nutcracker" instrumentals, but these are mood pieces for the rest of the album. Elsewhere, he wastes no time in asserting the tone of the album, one where sacred carols are turned into funk-laden praise romps ("O Come," "Hark") or jazzy, bohemian reinterpretations ("Silent Nocturne"), all of which are performed with a dizzying sense of arrangement and cool, but not to the point of distraction. Even the guests on this Christmas spectacular -- CeCe Winans, Matthew Ward, Lalah Hathaway, Gerald Albright, among others -- are almost invisible, keenly aware of the reason of Houghton's season. This reason -- Emmanuel himself -- lies enthroned in the album's centerpiece, the sprawling "Christmas Worship Medley," a ten-minute choral Magnificat that there are very few of in today's seasonal selections. It all makes for a wonderful, timeless companion to the maddening daze of Christmas, as well as a sobering reminder of the occasion's real gift.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/26/2006
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0828768793527
catalogNumber:
87935

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Performance Credits

Israel   Primary Artist
Lalah Hathaway   Vocals
Gerald Albright   Saxophone
Javier Solís   Percussion
Jimmy Haslip   Bass
John Catchings   Cello
David Davidson   Violin,Soloist
Mark Douthit   Saxophone
Barry Green   Trombone
Mike Haynes   Trumpet
Marcus Miller   Bass Clarinet
Doug Moffett   Flute,Saxophone
Terrance Palmer   Bass
Gary Weldon   Harmonica,Soloist
Scott Williamson   Drums
Marvin Winans   Vocals
CeCe Winans   Vocals
Dan Needham   Drums
Vinnie Ciesielski   Trumpet
Maurice Fitzgerald   Bass
Will Kennedy   Drums
Melonie Daniels   Background Vocals
Rick Watford   Guitar
Jerard Woods   Background Vocals
Akil Thompson   Guitar
Markita Knight   Background Vocals
LeAnne Palmore   Background Vocals
Danielle Stephens   Vocals,Background Vocals
Luther "Mano" Hanes   Piano,Keyboards,Key Bass
Jovaun Woods   Background Vocals
Dakri Brown   Background Vocals
Daniel Johnson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Israel Houghton   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Olanrewaju Agbabiaka   Vocals,Background Vocals
Arthur "Buddy" Strong   Organ,Piano
Jennifer Duncan   Background Vocals
Neville Diedericks   Background Vocals
Johnny "Natural" Najara   Guitar

Technical Credits

Jimmy Holiday   Composer
Danny Duncan   Engineer
Don Moen   Executive Producer
Lloyd Barry   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Wayne Cook   Engineer
Jackie DeShannon   Composer
Lynn DeShazo   Composer
Eddie James   Composer
Hugh Martin   Composer
Marvin Winans   Composer
CeCe Winans   Composer
Ralph Blane   Composer
Gary Sadler   Composer
Jim Gray   String Arrangements
Kwaku Alston   Cover Photo
Traditional   Composer
Luther "Mano" Hanes   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,overdub engineer
Israel Houghton   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Arthur "Buddy" Strong   Arranger
Randy Myers   Composer
JD Shuff   Engineer,overdub engineer
Matthew Fallentine   Engineer

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A Timeless Christmas 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
KRTX More than 1 year ago
This man is a genuis. His music is always refreshing and he always surprises us with his many different hidden gifts and amazing talent God has given him. If you have not heard one of his projects you really should take a listen to any of them. You will truly be blessed. This project Timeless Christmas is like a breath of fresh air. The message is delivered in a unique and refreshing manner. May God Bless You Pastor Israel.