Songs Of Joy & Peace [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma has long been a giant in the classical world, though he has also made a number of recordings with musicians who play other styles. This holiday disc doesn't exclusively stick to traditional Christmas songs, but covers a wide scope of material in a very ambitious manner. Ma opens with a lovely take of the traditional favorite "Dona Noblis Pacem Give Us Peace," playing both the melody and counterpoint via overdubbing. Jazz pianist/vocalist Diana Krall is superb in a swinging rendition of Jerome Kern's unjustly obscure "You Couldn't Be Cuter," adding bassist John Clayton. An arrangement of "Joy to the World" features pianist Dave Brubeck, cellist Matt Brubeck ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma has long been a giant in the classical world, though he has also made a number of recordings with musicians who play other styles. This holiday disc doesn't exclusively stick to traditional Christmas songs, but covers a wide scope of material in a very ambitious manner. Ma opens with a lovely take of the traditional favorite "Dona Noblis Pacem Give Us Peace," playing both the melody and counterpoint via overdubbing. Jazz pianist/vocalist Diana Krall is superb in a swinging rendition of Jerome Kern's unjustly obscure "You Couldn't Be Cuter," adding bassist John Clayton. An arrangement of "Joy to the World" features pianist Dave Brubeck, cellist Matt Brubeck his son, and clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera in a playful setting that works in "The Christmas Song" and "On the Trail." The senior Brubeck's "Concordia" is filled with spirit in a lively performance with the two cellists. Chris Botti has never sounded better in the warm arrangement of "My Favorite Things," playing both open and muted trumpet, with pianist Billy Childs, bassist Robert Hurst, drummer Billy Kilson, and guitarist Romero Lubambo. Ma has previously collaborated with bassist Edgar Meyer who is equally at home in jazz and classical music, though this is the cellist's first meeting with mandolinist Chris Thile. Together they make an impressive trio, especially in the enticing medley of "The Wassail Song" and "All Through the Night." Soprano Renée Fleming's rich voice is beautifully complemented by Ma, Meyer, and Thile. Having worked with onetime bluegrass fiddler Mark O'Connor, Ma is very much at home with Celtic fiddler Natalie MacMaster in the lively medley of "A Christmas Jig" and "Mouth of the Tobique Reel." Among the other friends featured on this disc are the Assad Family, Wu Tong & the Silk Road Ensemble, tenor saxophonist Joshua Redman, plus Alison Krauss with piper Christina Pato. One track doesn't fit in all that well with the rest of this CD. The Beatles' bland "Here Comes the Sun" has a warm vocal by James Taylor but it is hampered by its weak lyrics. [A CD/DVD version includes a bonus DVD featuring video footage of some of the performances.]
BBC Music Magazine - Barry Witherden
All the performers seem to be having fun and no one is coasting.... A very acceptable gift at any time of year.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/2008
  • Label: Sony Classics
  • UPC: 886973333624
  • Catalog Number: 733336
  • Sales rank: 54,210

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Yo-Yo Ma Primary Artist, Cello
Alison Krauss Vocals
Edgar Meyer Double Bass, Acoustic Bass
James "J.T." Taylor Guitar, Vocals
James Taylor Guitar, Vocals
Dave Brubeck Piano
Billy Childs Piano
Paquito d'Rivera Clarinet
David Lasley Vocals
Matthew Brubeck Cello
Robert Hurst Bass
Joshua Redman Tenor Saxophone
Badi Assad Vocals
Odair Assad Acoustic Guitar
Sergio Assad Acoustic Guitar
Cyro Baptista Percussion
Chris Botti Trumpet
John Clayton Double Bass, Acoustic Bass
Renée Fleming Soprano (Vocal)
Jamey Haddad Percussion
Billy Kilson Drums
Romero Lubambo Acoustic Guitar
Wu Man Pipa
Kate Markowitz Vocals
Nilson Matta Bass
Marcus Rojas Tuba, Vocals, Background Vocals
Andrea Zonn Vocals
Diana Krall Piano, Vocals
Natalie MacMaster Fiddle
Arnold McCuller Vocals
J.D. Blair Drums
Chris Thile Mandolin, Vocals
Kayhan Kalhor Kamanche
Marika Hughes Vocals, Background Vocals
Kojiro Umezaki Shakuhachi
Ray Rizzo Drums, Background Vocals
Alon Yavnai Piano
Mac Morin Piano
Siamak Aghaei Santur
Nicholas Cords Viola
Sandeep Das Tabla
Billy Childs Trio Piano
Jake Shimabukuro Ukulele
Marcus Milius Harmonica, Background Vocals
Shane Shanahan Percussion
Carolina Assad Vocals
Clarice Assad Vocals
Caroline Taylor Vocals
Silk Road Ensemble Ensemble
Joseph Gramley Percussion
John Hadfield Percussion
Victor Prieto Accordion
Carlo DeRosa Acoustic Bass
Jonathan Gandelsman Violin
Daxun Zhang Double Bass
Matt Brubeck Cello
Balla Kouyate Vocals, Balafon
Angelina Assad Vocals
Rodrigo Assad Vocals
Robert Leslie III Hurst Bass
You-Young Kim Viola
Martha Cook celtic harp
Siamak Jahangiry Ney
Wu Tong Vocals, Sheng
Kyle Sanna Guitar, Vocals
Amelia Zirin-Brown Vocals
Cristina Pato Bagpipes, Vocals
Technical Credits
Edgar Meyer Arranger, Composer
George Harrison Composer
John Lennon Composer
James "J.T." Taylor Arranger
James Taylor Arranger
Dave Brubeck Arranger, Composer
Billy Childs Arranger
Paquito d'Rivera Composer
Blossom Dearie Composer
Matthew Brubeck Arranger
Yo-Yo Ma Arranger, Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Yoko Ono Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Odair Assad Composer
Sergio Assad Arranger
John Clayton Arranger
Dorothy Fields Composer
Robert Fortunato Session Photographer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Richard King Engineer
Gary Paczosa Engineer
Natalie MacMaster Arranger
Lowell Mason Composer
Chris Thile Arranger, Composer
Roxanne Slimak Art Direction
Robert Mellin Composer
Guy Wood Composer
Robert Thurston Arranger
Linda Albert Lyricist
Eric May Session Photographer
Traditional Composer
Charles Floyd Arranger
Alon Yavnai Composer
Marcos Leite Arranger
Cristin Bagnall Executive Producer
Stephen Prutsman Arranger
Billy Childs Trio Arranger
Laura Kszan Product Development
Jake Shimabukuro Arranger
Osvaldo Golijov Composer
Scott Floyd Lochmus Director, Producer
Clarice Assad Composer
John Yakubik Marketing
Hyomin Kang Engineer
Andy Russ Producer
Eddie Jackson Engineer
Jesse Singer Engineer
Matt Brubeck Arranger
Heather Swanson Session Photographer
Lu Xiaoxing Engineering
Steven Epstein Producer
Jimmy Asnes Session Photographer
Rob Fortunato Session Photographer
Kyle Sanna Arranger
Dave O'Donnell Producer, Engineering
Cristina Pato Arranger
Anonymous Composer
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