Smooth Jazz Christmas

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
His smooth jazz contemporary Dave Koz may be a better-known multimedia sensation, but keyboardist Marcus Johnson has been at the top of his game these past years as an artist, record label executive (Three Keys Music, dedicated to a sound he calls "metropolitan smooth"), and drive-time DJ on WJZW in Washington, D.C. While the label's catalog shows an equal affinity for urban-flavored pop sounds and more straight-ahead jazz, Johnson's holiday celebration, Smooth Jazz Christmas, is decidedly on the lighter, playful side. With the exception of the atmospheric, retro-soul-flavored "White Christmas" -- which features a thoughtful Fender Rhodes melody -- Johnson sticks ...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
His smooth jazz contemporary Dave Koz may be a better-known multimedia sensation, but keyboardist Marcus Johnson has been at the top of his game these past years as an artist, record label executive (Three Keys Music, dedicated to a sound he calls "metropolitan smooth"), and drive-time DJ on WJZW in Washington, D.C. While the label's catalog shows an equal affinity for urban-flavored pop sounds and more straight-ahead jazz, Johnson's holiday celebration, Smooth Jazz Christmas, is decidedly on the lighter, playful side. With the exception of the atmospheric, retro-soul-flavored "White Christmas" -- which features a thoughtful Fender Rhodes melody -- Johnson sticks smartly to the crisp organic sounds of the acoustic piano, working out bright, lively elegant funk arrangements of "We Three Kings" and the Donny Hathaway chestnut "This Christmas," while going more contemplative on other tracks. For variety's sake, he spotlights the sweet-voiced East Coast crooner Keith Ailer on a restrained reading of "The Christmas Song" and, more impressively, a welcome boogie woogie twist of "Silent Night."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/8/2005
  • Label: Three Keys Music
  • UPC: 829933001126
  • Catalog Number: 30011

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 We Three Kings - Jackiem Joyner (5:11)
  2. 2 Little Drummer Boy (3:37)
  3. 3 Away in a Manger (3:30)
  4. 4 The Christmas Song (4:21)
  5. 5 This Christmas (3:08)
  6. 6 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Jackiem Joyner (4:35)
  7. 7 White Christmas (2:50)
  8. 8 Let It Snow (4:54)
  9. 9 Silent Night (4:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Marcus Johnson Primary Artist, Piano, Keyboards, fender rhodes
Sean Geason Bass, Bass Guitar
Keith Ailer Vocals
Justin Young Guitar, Saxophone
Bryan Mills Keyboards
Stanley Cooper Guitar
Jackiem Joyner Saxophone
Louis Hayslett Keyboards
Manuel Saiz Sr. Acoustic Guitar
Kia Calloway Background Vocals
Jason Holt Drums
Technical Credits
Donny Hathaway Composer
Mel Tormé Composer
Peter Humphreys Mastering
Robert Wells Composer
Marcelo Pennell Engineer
J. Leslie McFarland Composer
Keith Ailer Arranger
Bryan Mills Arranger, Audio Production
Marcus Johnson Arranger, Producer, Executive Producer, Audio Production
Jackiem Joyner Arranger, Programming, Producer, Audio Production, Instrumentation
Sheema Productions Programming
Manny Saiz Audio Production
Sheema Productions: '20' Audio Production
Billy Hickey Engineer
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