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Music Review: Take 6 – The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

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There’s no better way to kick off the Christmas morning, than being stirred by the memorable jazzy “Yah-bah-dah-bah-dooooo” vibes of Take 6. From the timeless harmonies of the “Jingle Bell” to the “Sleigh Ride” carols oozing from the speakers: it simply triggers childhood memories.

Those were days you’d earnestly believed it’d always be a “White Christmas” for the crafting of your very own abominable snowman, snowball fights, and sled races down the slopes.
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Take 6 have garnered 10 well deserved Grammy Awards [Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album],10 Dove Awards, a Soul Train Award, and two NAACP Image Awards for rekindling such magical holiday music moments over the years!

This multi-talented A cappella jazz group recently lit the lights and reminded us of the reason and essence of the season with the relase of their latest CD –The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

I remember listening to their “God Only Knows” collaboration with Monica Mancini this last summer and thinking maybe that’d be their best song for the year. But lo, I was wrong!

With their swinging, harmony-rich gospel sounds, The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year is a heart-warming collection of seasonal, evergreen songs delicately arranged to encourage a easy sing-a-long for the whole family or individuals.

With a beautiful mix of flavors and rhythms ranging from Island grooves to theatrical harmonies in “Mr Grinch”, and Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy”, the unmistakable vocals of Shelea Fraizer, and the thoughtful rendition of “It came Upon a Midnight Clear”, there is
no doubt Take6 have mastered the blending of harmonies to get the groove out of Christmas!

Track Listing

1. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
2. White Christmas
3. Grinch Introduction/The Grinch/”You’re a Mean One, Mr.Grinch”
4. Sleigh Ride
5. I’ll Be Home for Christmas
6. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
7. The Sugarplum Dance (Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy)
8. I Saw Three Ships
9. Jingle Bells
10. Christmas Time Is Here

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