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Keith Sweat | A Christmas of Love

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Keith Sweat | A Christmas of Love (2007)
By George Strand
 
(Published Dec. 10th, 2009)
 
The Holiday Season. Beckoned with warmth, seasonal temperature changes & gift wrapping paper scattered all over the tables & floors. Lets not forget about the many spices & candles, the outdoor home light fixtures & a traditional choice of the decorated Christmas Tree. Along with visiting family not seen in recent years & so forth. That’s if you celebrate Christmas that way. Many do. Many don’t.

Wendy Moten | Tis The Season

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Wendy Moten | Tis The Season
By Peggy Oliver
 
Wendy Moten’s beautifully timed and gorgeously tuned voice has graced the music industry for almost two decades, even if her solo recording exposure was somewhat unappreciated. No matter what the genre, her instrument was well utilized with international superstars, both in the studio and in concert. From Michael Bolton, to Faith Hill & Tim McGraw and Julio Iglesias, Moten was a much in-demand backing and featured vocalist.

Take 6 | The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Take 6 - The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
 
Take 6 | The Most Wonderful Time of The Year
By Peggy Oliver
 
If there is anybody who could jump start the holiday season with high class, Take 6 would win hands down.  This sextet continues to bring their brand of a cappella stylized gospel to the forefront since they bowed on the national scene in 1987.  Their humble beginnings were etched on the campus of Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama in 1980 as a quartet under the moniker Alliance.

Ann Nesby | Ann Nesby’s Soulful Christmas

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Ann Nesby | Ann Nesby’s Soulful Christmas
Tyscot Records – 2009
By Peggy Oliver
 
There was a surefire electric night at the Gospel Music Channel’s studio in Atlanta, Georgia because Ann Nesby was in the building. What a wonderful gesture to present a special Christmas gift – Ann Nesby’s Soulful Christmas – to all her fans after releasing a disc earlier this year – The Lula Lee Project.

Spyro Gyra | A Night Before Christmas

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Spyro Gyra | A Night Before Christmas
By Peggy Oliver
 
When Jay Beckenstein was asked how the name Spyro Gyra was birthed, he took the inspiration from a biology class called the spirogyra; also known as pond scum. Some persons might chuckle at such a choice. But no one could possibly laugh at their major musical impact especially for the smooth jazz movement, spanning a twenty-six disc resume.

Soul Of The Holidays – WHUR-96.3 (Various Artists)

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Soul of the Holidays | Various Artists
By Terrill J. Hanna

 
What a unique way to not only feature a great selection of special music artists to an evening of fantastic, special Christmas music on stage. But to demonstrate how well WHUR/Howard University Records had produced this concert with proceeds to benefit their “Food2Feed” nonprofit organization, designed to help Washington DC area families with monetary donations & non-perishable food items.

Coko | A Coko Christmas

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Coko | A Coko Christmas
By Peggy Oliver
 
I must confess as an avid music connoisseur that when a popular vocalist records a Christmas project, especially a multi-million selling artist, curiosity almost sets in immediately. The main test question: Will they make a strong and lasting impression with their interpretations of holiday standards, favorite Carols, and original material? In the case of Coko’s Christmas musical present – A Coko Christmas – the former lead vocalist of SWV (Sisters With Voices) does a fairly credible job with the familiar tunes, two new urban holiday tracks, and some blasts from the past.

Boney James | Christmas Present

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Boney James | Christmas Present
Concord Records | 2007
By Terrill Hanna
 
The Return of Boney James!
 
Do you have “Funky Christmas”? If so, then you will already know the matter at heart as to when Boney brings the rhythm to the beat. His sax approach carries heavy R&B overtones & often highlight or ‘energizes’ a smooth jazz genre to the respect of contemporary jazz. His “Shine” album was reviewed here on T.U.M.S. & has done well on Billboards Contemporary Jazz chart. As for his “Christmas Present”.

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