He Is Christmas

by: Take 6

This CD finds the somewhat miraculous a cappella sextet Take 6 emphasizing the religious side of the holiday season. One of the world's only gospel jazz groups, Take 6 uses advanced harmonies and sophisticated improvisations while always keeping "the message" in the forefront. However, this Christmas set is rather brief (just 35½ minutes) and, even with a few highlights (the Yellowjackets' guest appearance on "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and a drum machine used to humorous effect on the bizarre "'Twas Da Nite"), the results are not all that essential. ~ Scott Yanow

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