The Ultimate Gift

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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: 8/26/2008
  • Label: Artistry Music
  • UPC: 181475701620
  • Catalog Number: 7016
  • Sales rank: 162,665

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
Gene Grimaldi Mastering
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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