Musical Gifts from Joshua Bell and Friends

Musical Gifts from Joshua Bell and Friends

by Joshua Bell


Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell's first holiday record is a star-studded affair. Highlights include the Rob Moose-arranged "Let It Snow," which commences as a Gypsy violin solo, then bursts into swing à la Stéphane Grappelli/Django Reinhardt as Bell duets with classical guitarist Julian Lage. Alison Krauss lends her voice to a stirring reading of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," while Frankie Moreno's piano and vocal adorn the Great American Songbook era tune "I Want an Old-Fashioned Christmas," written by Fay Foster. Another instrumental highlight is the Jewish song "Baal Shem: Simhat Torah (Rejoicing)," performed as a trio with Steven Isserlis on cello and pianist Sam Haywood. The tune has been reimagined here; it was originally composed for violin and piano. "Christmas Confusion" is actually a radically revisioned medley that embodies four holiday favorites including "The Dreidel Song," "Hava Nagila," "Silent Night," and "Jingle Bells," with pianist Richard Hyung-ki Joo and violinist/arranger Aleksey Igudesman. Michael Feinstein's trademark vocals are featured in another Great American Songbook reading of "The Secret of Christmas," composed by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen. "A Christmas Auld Lang Syne" is given the Latin treatment by arranger Jorge Gomez, and a stellar performance by Gloria Estefan and Tiempo Libre. Chick Corea duets with Bell on "Greensleeves," while Branford Marsalis is heard with the violinist on the all-season hymn "Amazing Grace.,"

Product Details

Release Date: 10/15/2013
Label: Masterworks
UPC: 0888837431828
catalogNumber: 374318

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joshua Bell   Primary Artist,Violin
Alison Krauss   Vocals
Michael Feinstein   Vocals
Gloria Estefan   Vocals
Billy Childs   Piano
Plácido Domingo   Tenor (Vocal)
Chris Botti   Trumpet
Scott Colley   Bass
Armando Anthony Corea   Piano
Renée Fleming   Soprano (Vocal)
Romero Lubambo   Guitar
Branford Marsalis   Tenor Saxophone
Frank McComb   Piano,Hammond B3
Shawn Pelton   Drums
Anthony Michael Peterson   Guitar
Grace Paradise   Harp
Oren Fader   Guitar
Kristin Chenoweth   Vocals
Jorge Gomez   Keyboards
Chris Lightcap   Bass
Julian Lage   Guitar
Frankie Moreno   Piano,Vocals
Thomas Bartlett   Piano
Aleksey Igudesman   Violin
Hyung-Ki Joo   Piano
Ted Ackerman   Cello
Tedd Firth   Piano
Straight No Chaser   Vocals
Rob Moose   Guitar,Guitar (Nylon String),Guitar (Tenor)
Leandro Gonzalez   Conga
Steven Isserlis   Cello
Michael Aarons   Guitar
Francis Grier   Organ
Young People's Chorus of New York City   Choir, Chorus
Jeremy Turner   Cello
Mick Rossi   Harmonium
Kate Davis   Bass
Christian Sharp   Double Bass
Sam Haywood   Piano
Orlandus Perry   Drums
Larisa Martinez   Background Vocals
Israel Morales Figueroa   Drums
Xavier Mili   Background Vocals
Wilvi Rodriguez   Bass
William Holhouser   Accordion

Technical Credits

Adolphe Adam   Composer
Ernest Bloch   Composer
Gabriel Fauré   Composer
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Gil Goldstein   Arranger
Joshua Bell   Arranger,Executive Producer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Chris Botti   Producer
Sammy Cahn   Songwriter
Neal Cappellino   Engineer
Armando Anthony Corea   Arranger
Kim Gannon   Songwriter
Walter Kent   Composer
Richard King   Engineer
Manny Kurtz   Songwriter
Branford Marsalis   Producer
Frank McComb   Arranger
John Newton   Composer
J.A.C. Redford   Arranger
Robin Sellars   Engineer
Jule Styne   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
José Luis Crespo   Engineer
Roxanne Slimak   Art Direction
Joseph Mohr   Lyricist
Jorge Gomez   Arranger,Producer
David Lai   Producer
Frankie Moreno   Arranger
Aleksey Igudesman   Composer
Fritz Trondl   Engineer
Dave Poler   Engineer
Frank Military   Composer
Tedd Firth   Arranger
Kenji Bunch   Arranger
Florence Tarr   Lyricist
Ian Schreier   Engineer
Rob Moose   Arranger
Steven Isserlis   Arranger
Walter Chase   Arranger,Producer
Eric Schilling   Engineer
Christmas Traditional   Composer
Fay Foster   Composer
Andrew Bollman   Producer
Steven Epstein   Producer
English Traditional   Composer
Francisco Nuñez   Arranger
Philipp Treiber   Producer,Engineer
Felix Wallmann   Engineer

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Musical Gifts from Joshua Bell and Friends 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A few Christmases ago I received Yo Yo Ma's Christmas CD, "Songs of Joy and Peace" and it is exquisite. I expected Joshua Bell's CD to be equally so but I was somewhat disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great way to celebrate the holiday season. Joshua Bell and Friends put together some refreshing  arrangements to the traditional Holiday Classics. Let it Snow is a great salute to the jazz style of Django  Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. And Chick Corea's cool interpretation of Greensleeves took this traditional  English FolkSong to another level. I highly recommend Musical Gifts as one of the season's most original  Holiday CDs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a GREAT WAY to CELEBRATE the HOLIDAY SEASON!   " MUSICAL GIFTS: FROM JOSHUA BELL AND FRIENDS"  brought together some refreshing arrangements to  the traditional Holiday Classics. I thought the jazz style of  " Let it  Snow" was a great tribute to guitarist DejangoReinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli. What a COOL ARRANGEMENT of " GREENSLEEVES!" I loved howJoshua Bell & Chick Corea took this Traditional English Folk Song to another level with a twist of Classical & Jazz. How fun it was to listen to Joshua & the a cappella group Straight No Chaser perform " Nutcracker Medley."  All in all, I highly recommend  " Musical Gifts" as one of the season's most original Holiday CDs. 
classicalmelodys More than 1 year ago
I knew I would like this latest gift from Joshua Bell for many reasons: I'm a big fan of JB, one of my all time favorite CDs is his similar At Home With Friends, and although I'm a classical musician, I enjoy many of his duet partners as well. A Christmas version of my favorite thing...who can resist? I do appreciate many of the selections with my favorite being Greensleeves...what an awesome arrangement with Chick Corea! It won't be my favorite JB CD, but a fun Christmas addition. My main complaint is this: since when is Amazing Grace a Christmas song?!?