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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 ...
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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 "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.]
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."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2007
  • Label: Savoy Jazz
  • UPC: 795041770820
  • Catalog Number: 17708

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Thanksgiving (3:31)
  2. 2 Good King Wenceslas (3:01)
  3. 3 Coming Home for Christmas (4:28)
  4. 4 Gathering (4:36)
  5. 5 Deck the Halls (3:40)
  6. 6 Joy (2:38)
  7. 7 I Heard Teh Bells on Christmas Day - Anne Cochran (3:34)
  8. 8 Still Nacht (3:41)
  9. 9 I Saw Three Ships (2:21)
  10. 10 Bethlehem (2:57)
  11. 11 My Angel (Christmas) (4:32)
  12. 12 Auld Lang Syne (3:38)
  13. 13 Coming Home for Christmas (4:35)
  14. 14 A Mother's Christmas Wish (3:45)
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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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