- Released: October 1, 2000
- Label: Encoded Music
Vibe - 12/97-1/98, p.179
"...'TIS THE SEASON is blissful aural therapy for the soul."
- 1.First Noel, The - Howard Hewett
- 2.Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Maysa
- 3.Away in a Manger - Phil Perry
- 4.This Christmas - Patti Austin
- 5.Silver Bells - Candy Dulfer
- 6.Christmas Song, The - Jonathan Butler
- 7.O Holy Night - Deniece Williams
- 8.Open Your Heart to Love - Maurice White
- 9.Merry Christmas Darling - The Whispers
- 10.I'll Be Home for Christmas - Carl Anderson
- 11.White Christmas - Jon Lucien
- 12.Have Your Self a Merry Little Christmas w / Rap - Keith Cross / Maysa (take With Rap)
Producers: George Duke, Russ Freeman, Maurice White.
Personnel: Jon Lucien, Jonathan Butler (vocals, guitar); Candy Dulfer (vocals, alto saxophone); Maurice White, Phil Perry (vocals, background vocals); Deniece Williams, Howard Hewett, Maysa , Patti Austin, The Whispers, Carl Anderson (vocals); Keith Cross (rap vocals); Russ Freeman (guitar, electric guitar, keyboards, percussion); Lilo Fadidas, Paul Jackson, Jr. (guitar); Donald Hayes , Everette Harp (saxophone); Eric Marienthal (soprano saxophone); Dave Kochanski (keyboards, programming); George Duke (keyboards, background vocals); Josie James, Lori Perry, Lynn Davis (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Erik Zobler; Russ Freeman ; Paul Klingberg; Carl Griffin.
Recording information: Cheyenne Mountain Ranch, CO; Jai Winding Productions Inc; Le Gonks West; Sound On Sound Recorders, NY.
Unknown Contributor Role: Jody Butler.
Arrangers: Dave Kochanski; George Duke; Russ Freeman ; Lilo Fadidas.
Tis the Season is a little uneven, but it's an enjoyable collection of 12 holiday tunes from a variety of mainstream pop and easy listening artists that makes for pleasant background music. ~ Rodney Batdorf