Israel & New Breed A Timeless Christmas [Bonus Track]
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- by Various Artists ~ Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration ~ $4.13
- Released: October 6, 2009
- Label: Sony
- 1.Nutcracker Overture r Suite, Op. 71a: No. 1, Minature Overture
- 2.Everybody Knows
- 4.O Come
- 5.Tidings (God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen)
- 6.Christmas Worship Medley: Alpha and Omega / O Come Let Us Adore Him / Be Unto Your Name / Magnificent and Holy / Magnificent and - (featuring Stacey Joseph / Danielle Stephens / Olanrewaju Agbabiaka / Daniel Johnson)
- 7.Least of These / Put a Little Love in Your Heart
- 8.Nutcracker Interlude r Suite, Op. 71a: No. 2, March
- 9.By Christmas Day
- 10.Nocturnal Mist - (featuring Marcus Miller)
- 11.Silent Nocturne - (featuring Lalah Hathaway)
- 12.Sonny Boy Christmas
- 13.Go Tell It
- 14.We Wish You a Timeless Christmas
- 15.Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - (featuring Gerald Albright / Lalah Hathaway / Marvin Winans / Daniel Johnson / CeCe Winans)
- 16.With Us (Oh Emmanuel)
Lyricist: Eddie James .
Personnel: Jonathan Butler (vocals, guitar, background vocals); Gerald Albright (vocals, saxophone); Jamil Whiting, Danielle Stephens, Late Great Daniel Johnson, Olanrewaju Agbabiaka, LeAnne Palmore (vocals, background vocals); Lalah Hathaway, Marvin Winans, CeCe Winans (vocals); Israel Houghton (guitar, acoustic guitar); Johnny "Natural" Najara, Drew Ramsey, Akil Thompson, Rick Watford (guitar); David Davidson (violin); John Catchings (cello); Doug Moffett (flute, saxophone); Marcus Miller (bass clarinet); Mark Douthit (saxophone); Mike Hanes, Vinnie Ciesielski (trumpet); Barry Green (trombone); Buddy Strong (piano, organ); Luther "Mano" Hanes (piano, keyboards); Tommy Sims (bass guitar); Scott Williamson, Will Kennedy , Dan Needham (drums); Javier Sol¡s (percussion); Jovaun Woods, Markita Knight, Neville Diedericks, Dakri Brown, Jennifer Duncan, Jerard Woods, Melonie Daniels (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: John Jaszcz.
Recording information: Blue Heaven Recording, Spring Hill, TN; First Avenue Sound, Franklin, TN; First Tribe Studios, Signal Hill, CA; Platinum Lab Recording, Nashville, TN; Riverphlo Studios, Ontario, Canada; Studio A, Dearborn Heights, MI; Wayne Cook Studios, Glendale, CA; Wholetone Productions, Monument, CO.
Author: Michael Coleman .
Arrangers: Israel Houghton; Luther "Mano" Hanes; Jim Gray.
Christmas records are easy enough to make: slap a few carols and chestnuts on a disc, release it in early November, and you're good to go. Excellent Christmas records, however, require taste and imagination, something that the neo-gospel group Israel & New Breed have in spades. This Grammy-nominated album begins with a truly unique half-straight, half-funky take on "The Nutcracker Suite," and includes interestingly juxtaposed songs in medley ("Silent Nocturne"), rewrites ("We Wish You a Timeless Christmas"), and some juicy guest-vocal turns by CeCe Winans and Jonathan Butler.
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