The Gift

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Jon Secada took a traditional approach to this Christmas album, hiring a 60-piece orchestra to play José Antonio Molina's lush arrangements and recording live with it. Tradition also rules much of the song list, with favorites like "Silent Night" (in English and Spanish versions) and "O Come All Ye Faithful" turning up. Secada has taken the liberty of including a couple of originals that probably won't become standards, though he doesn't embarrass himself. This is a pretty somber set for the most part, perhaps more appropriate for late on Christmas Eve than Christmas morning, but it's well-sung and the arrangements add new elements here and there without varying much ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Jon Secada took a traditional approach to this Christmas album, hiring a 60-piece orchestra to play José Antonio Molina's lush arrangements and recording live with it. Tradition also rules much of the song list, with favorites like "Silent Night" (in English and Spanish versions) and "O Come All Ye Faithful" turning up. Secada has taken the liberty of including a couple of originals that probably won't become standards, though he doesn't embarrass himself. This is a pretty somber set for the most part, perhaps more appropriate for late on Christmas Eve than Christmas morning, but it's well-sung and the arrangements add new elements here and there without varying much from the familiar.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/29/2005
  • Label: Sony Special Product
  • UPC: 079899435729
  • Catalog Number: 94357
  • Sales rank: 97,972

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jon Secada Primary Artist
Joe Barati Trombone
Tim Barnes Viola
Ed Calle Saxophone
David Cole Cello
Julio Hernandez Bass
Lee Levin Drums
Michael Levine Keyboards
Jeffrey Meyer French Horn
Dana Teboe Trombone
John Kricker Trombone
Gary Mayone Percussion
Margaret Schubert Timpani
Dan Warner Guitar
Alfredo Oliva Violin, Concert Master
Richard Bravo Percussion
John DiPuccio Violin
Huifang Chen Violin
Gustavo Correa Violin
Scott Flavin Violin
Orlando J. Forte Violin
Chris Glansdorp Cello
Mei Mei Luo Violin
Jeff Kaye Trumpet
Lee Levine Drums
Joan Faigen Violin
José Antonio Molina Conductor
Yang Xi Violin, Viola
Jeanne Tarrant Flute
Denise Stillwell Violin
Gennady Aronin Violin
Carole Cole Violin
Rafael Elvira Violin
Claudio Jaffe Cello
Ross Harbaugh Cello
Steve Svensson Viola
Keith Aleo Percussion
Sania Derevianko Violin
Luciano Magnannini Bassoon
David Pharris Clarinet
Leonid Sigal Violin
Robert Weiner Oboe
John David Smith French Horn
Karen Dixon Flute
Scott ODonnell Viola
Deena Shapiro Viola
Rochelle Skolnick Violin
Yein Hung Violin
Geoffrey Bowater Double Bass
Michael Degregorio Bassoon
Debra Spring Viola
Technical Credits
Jon Secada Composer, Producer
Emilio Estefan Jr. Composer, Producer
Michael Levine Arranger, Composer, rhythm arrangement
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Larry Stock Composer
John Reading Composer
Kevin Dillon Studio Coordinator
Freddy Piñero Jr. Engineer
Dan Warner Arranger, Composer
Gian Marco Composer
Eugenio Vanderhorst Calligraphy
Willy Pérez Feria Composer
Steve Menezes Studio Coordinator
Joseph Mohr Composer
José Antonio Molina Arranger, Producer, String Arrangements
Alfred Bryan Composer
Rachel Perry Composer
Triana DOrazio Packaging Manager
Eric Schilling Engineer
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