- Released: October 25, 2005
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Sony Special Product
- 1.Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
- 2.Breath Of Heaven (Mary's Song)
- 3.The Love In His Infant Eyes
- 4.Away In A Manger
- 5.I Wonder As I Wander
- 6.Christmas Time Is Here
- 7.The Magi's Song / A Child Is Born
- 8.Jesu (Joy Of Man's Desiring)
- 9.The Christmas Song
- 10.The Christmas Waltz
- 11.Christmas Day Chant
- 12.Breath Of Heaven (Mary's Song) (Instrumental Version)
Personnel: Grover Washington, Jr. (soprano, alto & tenor saxophones); Dawn Andrews (vocals, cello); Lisa Fischer (vocals); Joe Locke (vibraphone, marimba, keyboards, chimes); Billy Childs, Donald Robinson (piano, keyboards); Hiram Bullock (keyboards, acoustic & electric guitars); Adam Holzman (synthesizer); Richard Lee Steacker (guitar); Will Lee, Gerald Veasley (bass); Steve Wolf, Victor Lewis (drums); Pablo Batista (conga, percussion); Bashiri Johnson (percussion).
BREATH OF HEAVEN was nominated for a 1998 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Performance.
Personnel: Grover Washington, Jr.; Lisa Fischer.
Grover Washington, Jr. was probably the most successful "smooth jazz" artist of his generation. His blend of R&B, soul, pop, and jazz earned him a glowing reputation with consumers and "quiet storm" DJs. His discography boasts three decades of creative and heartfelt albums.
At some point in most artists' careers, they find themselves recording a holiday album (or at least a tune or two with a festive theme). A funky yet serene release, BREATH OF HEAVEN is Washington's contribution to the vast canon of Christmas albums. Highlights include the title track, "Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song)," which features a beautiful vocal performance by Lisa Fisher. Washington's fusion version of "I Wonder as I Wander" is also one of the standout tracks on this album, with the tenor man displaying his skill as a straight-ahead jazz soloist. Smart performances are also turned in by the likes of Will Lee on electric bass and Hiram Bullock on guitar.