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Musical Gifts from Joshua Bell and Friends

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Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell's first holiday record is a star-studded affair. Highlights include the Rob Moose-arranged "Let It Snow," which commences as a Gypsy violin solo, then bursts into swing à la Stéphane Grappelli/Django Reinhardt as Bell duets with classical guitarist Julian Lage. Alison Krauss lends her voice to a stirring reading of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," while Frankie Moreno's piano and vocal adorn the Great American Songbook era tune "I Want an Old-Fashioned Christmas," written by Fay Foster. Another instrumental highlight is the Jewish song "Baal Shem: Simhat Torah (Rejoicing)," performed as a trio with Steven Isserlis on cello and pianist Sam Haywood. The tune has been reimagined ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell's first holiday record is a star-studded affair. Highlights include the Rob Moose-arranged "Let It Snow," which commences as a Gypsy violin solo, then bursts into swing à la Stéphane Grappelli/Django Reinhardt as Bell duets with classical guitarist Julian Lage. Alison Krauss lends her voice to a stirring reading of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," while Frankie Moreno's piano and vocal adorn the Great American Songbook era tune "I Want an Old-Fashioned Christmas," written by Fay Foster. Another instrumental highlight is the Jewish song "Baal Shem: Simhat Torah (Rejoicing)," performed as a trio with Steven Isserlis on cello and pianist Sam Haywood. The tune has been reimagined here; it was originally composed for violin and piano. "Christmas Confusion" is actually a radically revisioned medley that embodies four holiday favorites including "The Dreidel Song," "Hava Nagila," "Silent Night," and "Jingle Bells," with pianist Richard Hyung-ki Joo and violinist/arranger Aleksey Igudesman. Michael Feinstein's trademark vocals are featured in another Great American Songbook reading of "The Secret of Christmas," composed by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen. "A Christmas Auld Lang Syne" is given the Latin treatment by arranger Jorge Gomez, and a stellar performance by Gloria Estefan and Tiempo Libre. Chick Corea duets with Bell on "Greensleeves," while Branford Marsalis is heard with the violinist on the all-season hymn "Amazing Grace.,"
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/15/2013
  • Label: Masterworks
  • UPC: 888837431828
  • Catalog Number: 374318
  • Sales rank: 62

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joshua Bell Primary Artist, Violin
Alison Krauss Vocals
Michael Feinstein Vocals
Gloria Estefan Vocals
Billy Childs Piano
Plácido Domingo Tenor (Vocal)
Chris Botti Trumpet
Scott Colley Bass
Chick Corea Piano
Renée Fleming Soprano (Vocal)
Romero Lubambo Guitar
Branford Marsalis Tenor Saxophone
Frank McComb Piano, Hammond B3
Shawn Pelton Drums
Anthony Michael Peterson Guitar
Mick Rossi Harmonium
Grace Paradise Harp
Oren Fader Guitar
Kristin Chenoweth Vocals
Jorge Gomez Keyboards
Chris Lightcap Bass
Julian Lage Guitar
Frankie Moreno Piano, Vocals
Thomas Bartlett Piano
Aleksey Igudesman Violin
Hyung-Ki Joo Piano
Ted Ackerman Cello
Tedd Firth Piano
Straight No Chaser Vocals
Rob Moose Guitar, Guitar (Nylon String), Guitar (Tenor)
Leandro Gonzalez Conga
Steven Isserlis Cello
Michael Aarons Guitar
Francis Grier Organ
Young People's Chorus of New York City Choir, Chorus
Jeremy Turner Cello
Kate Davis Bass
Christian Sharp Bass
Sam Haywood Piano
Orlandus Perry Drums
Larisa Martinez Background Vocals
Israel Morales Figueroa Drums
Xavier Mili Background Vocals
Wilvi Rodriguez Bass
William Holhouser Accordion
Technical Credits
Adolphe Adam Composer
Ernest Bloch Composer
Gabriel Fauré Composer
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Gil Goldstein Arranger
Joshua Bell Arranger, Executive Producer
Franz Gruber Composer
Chris Botti Producer
Sammy Cahn Songwriter
Neal Cappellino Engineer
Chick Corea Arranger
Kim Gannon Songwriter
Walter Kent Composer
Richard King Engineer, Mastering
Manny Kurtz Songwriter
Branford Marsalis Producer
Frank McComb Arranger
John Newton Composer
J.A.C. Redford Arranger
Robin Sellars Engineer
Jule Styne Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
José Luis Crespo Engineer
Roxanne Slimak Art Direction
Joseph Mohr Lyricist
Jorge Gomez Arranger, Producer
David Lai Producer
Frankie Moreno Arranger
Aleksey Igudesman Composer
Fritz Trondl Engineer
Dave Poler Engineer
Frank Military Composer
Tedd Firth Arranger
Kenji Bunch Arranger
Florence Tarr Lyricist
Ian Schreier Engineer
Rob Moose Arranger
Steven Isserlis Arranger
Walter Chase Arranger, Producer
Eric Schilling Engineer
Christmas Traditional Composer
Fay Foster Composer
Andrew Bollman Producer
Steven Epstein Producer
English Traditional Composer
Francisco Nuñez Arranger
Philipp Treiber Producer, Engineer
Felix Wallmann Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    good but not great

    A few Christmases ago I received Yo Yo Ma's Christmas CD, "Songs of Joy and Peace" and it is exquisite. I expected Joshua Bell's CD to be equally so but I was somewhat disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2014

    What a great way to celebrate the holiday season. Joshua Bell an

    What a great way to celebrate the holiday season. Joshua Bell and Friends put together some refreshing 
    arrangements to the traditional Holiday Classics. Let it Snow is a great salute to the jazz style of Django 
    Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. And Chick Corea's cool interpretation of Greensleeves took this traditional 
    English FolkSong to another level. I highly recommend Musical Gifts as one of the season's most original 
    Holiday CDs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2014

    What a GREAT WAY to CELEBRATE the HOLIDAY SEASON!   " MUSIC

    What a GREAT WAY to CELEBRATE the HOLIDAY SEASON! 
     " MUSICAL GIFTS: FROM JOSHUA BELL AND FRIENDS"  brought together some refreshing arrangements to  the traditional Holiday Classics. I thought the jazz style of  " Let it  Snow" was a great tribute to guitarist DejangoReinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli. What a COOL ARRANGEMENT of " GREENSLEEVES!" I loved howJoshua Bell & Chick Corea took this Traditional English Folk Song to another level with a twist of Classical & Jazz. How fun it was to listen to Joshua & the a cappella group Straight No Chaser perform " Nutcracker Medley."  All in all, I highly recommend  " Musical Gifts" as one of the season's most original Holiday CDs. 

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  • Posted November 20, 2013

    Love it!

    I knew I would like this latest gift from Joshua Bell for many reasons: I'm a big fan of JB, one of my all time favorite CDs is his similar At Home With Friends, and although I'm a classical musician, I enjoy many of his duet partners as well. A Christmas version of my favorite thing...who can resist? I do appreciate many of the selections with my favorite being Greensleeves...what an awesome arrangement with Chick Corea! It won't be my favorite JB CD, but a fun Christmas addition. My main complaint is this: since when is Amazing Grace a Christmas song?!?

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