Ultimate Gift

The Ultimate Gift

by Rahsaan Patterson
     
 

As Christmas recordings go, The Ultimate Gift by Rahsaan Patterson is its own special animal, coming off more as a solid offering of new tracks with holiday themes than a holiday record by a great neo-soul singer. This date kicks it with solid, bright production, wonderful tunes, and Patterson in very inspired voice. Seven of these 11 cuts are originals…  See more details below

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As Christmas recordings go, The Ultimate Gift by Rahsaan Patterson is its own special animal, coming off more as a solid offering of new tracks with holiday themes than a holiday record by a great neo-soul singer. This date kicks it with solid, bright production, wonderful tunes, and Patterson in very inspired voice. Seven of these 11 cuts are originals co-written with Jamey Jaz (one of three co-producers with Patterson), though the wildly percussive and deeply funky "Christmas at My House" -- one of the best moments on this joint -- was co-written by no less than Van Hunt. There is only one traditional Christmas song on the set, which is -- thankfully -- an inoffensive and wildly innovative arrangement of "Little Drummer Boy," complete with serious breaks and slinky keys and guitars in the latter half. In addition, there is a reading of Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime" with a kickin' sax break by Derrick Edmonson. The version of the Motown classic "What Christmas Means to Me" is updated in the most ingenious and soulful way. It's light, snappy, and in the cut. The Patterson originals are all seamlessly fine, hip, and really joyful and warm. If you're looking for something new and soulful in your Christmas music, The Ultimate Gift lives up to its title.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/26/2008
Label:
Artistry Music
UPC:
0181475701620
catalogNumber:
7016
Rank:
304106

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rahsaan Patterson   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Keith Crouch   Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Key Bass
Jamey Jaz   Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,keyboard bass,Key Bass
Cornelius Mims   Bass
Derrick Edmondson   Saxophone
Latina Webb   Background Vocals
Jarius Mozee   Guitar
Derrick D Loc Walker   Drums
Rasha Patterson-Quinones   Background Vocals
Derrick "D*Loc" Walker   Drums,Background Vocals
Bakshi   Violin
Amritha Fernandez   Violin
Joe Tepperman   Trombone
Will Miller   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Paul McCartney   Composer
Keith Crouch   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Horn Arrangements,Audio Production
Anna Gordy Gaye   Composer
George Gordy   Composer
Jamey Jaz   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Rahsaan Patterson   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Horn Arrangements,Audio Production
Allen Story   Composer
Maria Ehrenreich   Producer,Director Of Creative Services
Denny Stilwell   Executive Producer
Van Hunt   Composer
Raj Naik   Art Direction
Scott Elgin   Engineer
Derrick "D*Loc" Walker   Audio Production
Bakshi   Arranger
Amritha Fernandez   Arranger

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