Christmas Time with Oleta

Christmas Time with Oleta

by Oleta Adams
     
 

Since emerging in the early '90s with "Get Here," the incredibly rangy R&B vocalist Oleta Adams has found a mixed bag of success in slick R&B and gospel music -- but her church background made the latter a more honest spiritual fit. Her re-emergence after a five-year hiatus is a triumphant one, as she mines familiar material with that distinctive, emotionally powerful… See more details below

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Since emerging in the early '90s with "Get Here," the incredibly rangy R&B vocalist Oleta Adams has found a mixed bag of success in slick R&B and gospel music -- but her church background made the latter a more honest spiritual fit. Her re-emergence after a five-year hiatus is a triumphant one, as she mines familiar material with that distinctive, emotionally powerful voice that's been off the scene way too long. The first two gospel-oriented numbers ("Of the Father's Love Begotten," featuring much of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," and "Alleluia, Alleluia (Peace on Earth)") pit that voice over a swelling, sweeping choir, creating a fresh magic that makes Christmas Time with Oleta one of the best vocal holiday offerings of 2006. But those are just the beginning of the blessings that flow. She practices restraint on the soft and jazzy "Christmastime Is Here" (in a version which would make her contemporary, Patti Austin, proud) and takes whimsical turns on the percussive "I Wonder as I Wander" and a soul-jazz rendition of "Winter Wonderland" (featuring the singer herself on acoustic piano). Adams draws out the drama of Amy Grant's spiritual epic "Breath of Heaven" and gets cozy with a big-band-flavored arrangement on "Let It Snow." And what would a true gospel-driven Christmas disc be without "Silent Night"? Adams' takes a subtle approach, with sparse synth backing, tapping into the solemnity of an overly commercialized holiday rather than overwhelming us with bombast -- the perfect, peace-minded approach, and a true religious experience as well.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/03/2006
Label:
Koch Records
UPC:
0099923417828
catalogNumber:
4178

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Oleta Adams   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Multi Instruments,Soloist,Musician
Turner   Bass,Electric Bass
John Cushon   Synthesizer,Bass,Cymbals,Drums,Keyboards
Ronald McFadden   Alto Saxophone
Beth McCullom   Cello
Tammy Ward-Clayton   Background Vocals
Jimmy Dykes   Guitar
Greg Clark   Background Vocals
Lonnie McFadden   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Beth Nielsen Chapman   Composer
Amy Grant   Composer
Oleta Adams   Programming,Producer,Audio Production,Cello Arrangement
Melissa Manchester   Composer
Vince Guaraldi   Composer
Matt Rollings   Composer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Felix Bernard   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Dave Lohr   Engineer
Hugh Martin   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Charles Wesley   Composer
Ralph Blane   Composer
John Cushon   Arranger,Programming,Percussion Programming
Lee Mendelson   Composer
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Eric Conn   Mastering
Timothy Hayden   Composer
C. Eaton   Composer
Patrice Villines   Composer

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