Homecoming [B&N Exclusive Version]

Homecoming [B&N Exclusive Version]

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The warmth of Jim Brickman's eloquent and heartfelt piano music is a perfect fit for the Christmas season, and his third holiday collection in ten years--following 1997's The Gift and 2003's Peace--offers a similarly engaging mix of piano solos, easily rhythmic instrumental ensemble pieces, and songs featuring well-known vocalists. On the instrumentalSee more details below

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The warmth of Jim Brickman's eloquent and heartfelt piano music is a perfect fit for the Christmas season, and his third holiday collection in ten years--following 1997's The Gift and 2003's Peace--offers a similarly engaging mix of piano solos, easily rhythmic instrumental ensemble pieces, and songs featuring well-known vocalists. On the instrumental side, the mix of warm and melodic Brickman originals ("Thanksgiving," "Gathering," "Bethlehem") and his inimitable "Brickmanization" of songs we all know and love ("Silent Night," listed under its original title "Still Nacht," "Deck The Halls," "Auld Lang Syne") works brilliantly once again. The vocals are likewise inspiring, beginning with "I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day" sung by the pianist's frequent collaborator Anne Cochran and featuring the breezy acoustic guitar of smooth jazz star Peter White. While the spiritually driven ballad "Coming Home For Christmas," featuring former Lonestar lead singer Richie McDonald, was an instant classic focal track, the beautiful lullaby "My Angel (Christmas)" is more poignant for reasons beyond the emotional pull of its melody and lyrics--it was the late R&B artist Gerald Levert's last vocal recording. Brickman and Levert--who both attended Shaker Heights High School in Cleveland--recorded it for the pianist's 2006 album Escape. Brickman had hoped that they could rework the song with a Christmas lyric for this project, but Levert passed away before that could happen. It's a beautiful final testament by one of contemporary soul's great artists--and a fittingly poignant inclusion on yet another seasonal gem from the wonderfully romantic realm of Brickman. [Note: The album was also released as a deluxe edition with a companion DVD and in a Barnes & Noble exclusive version with two bonus tracks.]

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
The warmth of Jim Brickman's eloquent and heartfelt piano music is a perfect fit for the Christmas season, and his third holiday collection in ten years -- following 1997's The Gift and 2003's Peace -- offers a similarly engaging mix of piano solos, easily rhythmic instrumental ensemble pieces, and songs featuring well-known vocalists. On the instrumental side, the mix of warm and melodic Brickman originals ("Thanksgiving," "Gathering," "Bethlehem") and his inimitable "Brickman-ization" of songs we all know, love, and can't resist hearing him do ("Silent Night," listed under its original title "Still Nacht," "Deck the Halls," "Auld Lang Zyne") works brilliantly once again. The vocals are likewise inspiring, beginning with "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" sung by the pianist's frequent collaborator Anne Cochran and featuring the breezy acoustic guitar of smooth jazz star Peter White. While the spiritually driven ballad "Coming Home for Christmas," featuring former Lonestar lead singer Richie McDonald, was an instant classic focal track, the beautiful lullaby "My Angel (Christmas)" is more poignant for reasons beyond the emotional pull of its melody and lyrics -- it was the late R&B artist Gerald LeVert's last vocal recording. Brickman and LeVert -- who both attended Shaker Heights High School in Cleveland -- recorded it for the pianist's 2006 album Escape. Brickman had hoped that they could rework the song with a Christmas lyric for this project, but LeVert passed away before that could happen. It's a beautiful final testament by one of contemporary soul's great artists -- and a fittingly poignant inclusion on yet another seasonal gem from the wonderfully romantic realm of Brickman. [A Barnes & Noble Exclusive was also released and contained the bonus track "A Mother's Christmas Wish."]

Product Details

Release Date:
09/25/2007
Label:
Savoy Jazz
UPC:
0795041770820
catalogNumber:
17708

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jim Brickman   Primary Artist
Gerald LeVert   Guest Appearance
Randy Cantor   Bass,Guitar,Mandolin,Drums,Bells
Tracy Silverman   Violin,Viola
Richie McDonald   Guest Appearance
Anne Cochran   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Steve Sundholm   Background Vocals
Jeff Smith   English Horn,Oboe
Tom Ameen   Percussion,Strings
David Klinkenberg   Violin,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Adam Gershon   Drums
Jerry Ray Williams   Conductor
Corey Britz   Bass

Technical Credits

Olivia Newton-John   Composer
Jim Brickman   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Randy Cantor   Programming,Engineer
Brendan Harkin   Engineer
Frank J. Myers   Producer
Victoria Shaw   Composer,Producer,Orchestration
Dan Shea   Arranger,Producer,Orchestration
Tracy Silverman   Producer,Orchestration,Percussion Programming
Amy Sky   Composer
Chas Sanford   Engineer
Richie McDonald   Composer
Steve Sundholm   Arranger,Producer,Orchestration
Traditional   Composer
Tom Ameen   Arranger,Producer,Orchestration,String Arrangements
Tom Douglas   Composer

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