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20th Century Masters - Smooth Jazz: Christmas Collection
1. Angels We Have Heard on High - Don Grusin
2. Christmas Time Is Here - Patti Austin
3. Feliz Navidad - Tom Scott
4. Carol of the Bells - David Benoit
5. White Christmas - Lee Ritenour
6. Silent Night - Special EFX
7. Angels in the Snow - Eric Reed
8. Christmas Song, The - Norman Brown
9. This Christmas - Frank McComb
10. What Child Is This - J. Spencer
11. Go Tell It on the Mountain - Yellowjackets
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 5163
Don Grusin; Michael Abene; Carl Wheeler; Frank McComb; Dana G. Smart; William Banks; Mike Ragogna; Norman Brown; Yellowjackets; Don Grusin; Michael Abene; Billy Banks; Carl Wheeler; Frank McComb
Various Artists: Chieli Minucci (guitar); Jimmy Johnson , George Mraz , Joel Smith (bass guitar); George Jinda (udo drum); Don Grusin, Lee Ritenour , Ali Muhammed Jackson , Michael Abene, Russell Ferrante, Terry Clarke , Tom Brechtlein, William Kennedy.
Personnel: Frank McComb (vocals, strings, brass, Fender Rhodes piano); Omar Liu, Brian Kim, Stephanie Ihde, Katherine Upton, Alison Mills, Remy MacLeod, Sadie Grusin, Andre Woodert, Esme Ganz, Mandy O'Neal, Sasha Zatolokin, Patti Austin (vocals); Tommy Organ, Grant Geissman, Lee Ritenour , Norman Brown, Paul Jackson, Jr. (guitar); Chieli Minucci (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Bob Mintzer (soprano saxophone); Tom Scott (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, programming); Michael Abene (piano, keyboards, Synclavier); David Benoit, Eric Reed, Tom McMorran (piano); Don Grusin (keyboards, electronic percussion); Dave Kochanski, Russell Ferrante (keyboards); Bruce Buchanan, John Mahoney (Synclavier); Bob Feldman (electric bass); Johnny Friday (drums, timbales); Alonzo Powell, Ali Muhammed Jackson , Terry Clarke , Tom Brechtlein, Tony Morales, William Kennedy, Derek Organ (drums); George Jinda, Tim Cornwell (percussion); Bonnie Boyer (background vocals).
Photographers: Rocky Schenck; Norman Laird; Jeff Sedlik; Beth Herzhaft; Henry Diltz; Richard Corman; Paul Natkin.
There are innumerable smooth jazz holiday compilations currently flooding the market, but this one has something special in store for aficionados of the genre. This 20th Century Masters edition of smooth jazz holiday favorites is assembled from three volumes of GRP Christmas favorites and Motown's smooth jazz Christmas album from the mid-'90s. The 11-song collection is a smooth blend of holiday favorites and contemporary standards rolled up with a twist of lime. A lineup of accomplished performers, including Patti Austin, Lee Ritenour, David Benoit, and the Yellowjackets are blended in with up-and-coming artists and other smooth jazz mainstays to deliver a soft, warm session that is polished in its production and sequenced in a pleasantly inoffensive manner. A nice alternative to run-of-the-mill traditional holiday compilations and a nice supplement to any smooth jazz collection. ~ Rob Theakston
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