Personnel: Al Jarreau (vocals, background vocals); Chris Walker (vocals, bass instrument, bass guitar, background vocals); Claude McKnight, Dave & Ian Thomas, Joey Kibble, Mark Kibble, Alvin Chea, Take 6, Cedric Dent (vocals); Ross Bolton (guitar); Michael O'Neill (guitars, electric guitar, nylon-string guitar); Michael Thompson (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Ram¢n Stagnaro (nylon-string guitar); Dan Higgins (flute, wooden flute, pennywhistle, clarinet); Larry Andrew Williams, Larry Williams (flute, clarinet, tenor saxophone, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, synthesizer, bass synthesizer, vibraphone, bells, sleigh bell); Phil Ayling (oboe); Joe Turano (tenor saxophone, piano, sleigh bell, background vocals); Jerry Hey (flugelhorn); David Witham (Fender Rhodes piano); Larry Goldings (organ); Dave Carpenter (acoustic bass); Bob Wilson & His Orchestra, Mark Simmons (drums); Lenny Castro (tambourine, percussion); Alyncia Mack, Montina Cooper (background vocals); Larry Turtle.
Audio Mixer: Steve Sykes.
Recording information: Bassline, Simi Valley, CA; Canvas Studio, Houston, TX; Castle Oaks Studios, Calabasas, CA; Porcara Musica, Studio City, CA; Rupert Studio, Woodland Hills, CA; Tutta Nuda Music Studios, Burbank, CA; Vertical Sound Studio, Nashville, TN; Willyworld Studio, Los Angeles, CA.
Author: Al Jarreau.
Photographer: Rocky Schenck.
Arrangers: Chris Walker ; Clare Fischer; Brent Fisher; Joe Turano; David Witham; Larry Andrew Williams; Larry Williams ; Jay Graydon; Al Jarreau; Jorge Calandrelli; Brent Fischer.
For the past few decades, Al Jarreau has established himself as a truly modern jazz singer, one for the post-fusion generation--those who grew up with the sounds of the cordial contemporary jazz of George Benson, Spyro Gyra, and Herbie Hancock. CHRISTMAS is Jarreau's first-ever collection of holiday songs on which he wraps his supple, honeyed vocal chords around some traditional Christmas classics. Jazz vocal combo Take 6 lend their voices for "I'll Be Home For Christmas" and the considered, varied arrangements of Jay Graydon and Jarreau himself keep the proceedings interesting.