A Gift

A Gift

by Paul BrandtPaul Brandt


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For the second time in his career, Canadian country neo-traditionalist, or former neo-traditionalist Paul Brandt issues a Christmas recording. The reason for the comment "former" in front of neo-traditionalist is because here on A Gift, his opening read of "Let It Snow," would be more at home on a Louis Prima or Brian Setzer record with a huge horn section and a string orchestra to match. The tune swings in beat fashion with only an upright piano and a pedal steel to remind the listener that Brandt's supposed to be a country singer, though to be fair, his voice betrays this as well. The title cut brings us back to earth, however, and offers the listener renewed proof as to why Brandt is one of the best country singers in the business. He's up there with George Strait, Ronnie Dunn, and Randy Travis. In fact, the title track is so moving it's almost worth the purchase price by itself. Other tracks don't fare so well. "White Christmas" just doesn't cut it, and it's not his fault; there are so many fine readings of this it's tough to find one that makes it in the big leagues. The bluesy, funky reading of "Go Tell It on the Mountain" is original and fine, and the track "Christmas Convoy" should never have been thought of, let alone recorded. "Mary Did You Know," and "Hands" are gorgeous, though. So A Gift is a mixed bag, but there are certainly cuts here for anyone's Christmas compilation.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/20/2018
Label: Brand T
UPC: 0776974248020
catalogNumber: 2480
Rank: 9695

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Brandt   Primary Artist
Mike Brignardello   Bass
Dave Cleveland   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Scott Dente   Acoustic Guitar
Miles Hill   Bass
Ian McDougall   Trombone
David Hyde Pierce   Conductor,Drums
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Steve Rosen   Piano,Hammond Organ,Vocals,fender rhodes
Robbie Steininger   Guitar
Wanda Vick   Dobro,Fiddle,Mandolin
Tom Colclough   Reeds
Cameron Wilson   Violin
Henry Christian   Trumpet
Dan Needham   Percussion,Drums
Liz Brandt   Vocals
Neil Nicholson   Trombone
Terry White   Background Vocals
Chad Makela   Reeds
Chris Andrew   Piano
Ari Barnies   Cello
Christmas Convoy Singers   Track Performer
Maya DeForest   Violin
Deanne Eisch   Violin
Michael Herriott   Trumpet
Alex Moldenhauer   Vocals
Austin Moldenhauer   Vocals
Bob Murphy   Hammond Organ
Anna Rosen   Vocals
Kate Rosen   Vocals
Mike Johnson   Pedal Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Buddy Greene   Composer
Buck Ram   Composer
Mark Lowry   Composer
Chip Davis   Composer
Felix Bernard   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Ben Fowler   Producer,Engineer
Kim Gannon   Composer
Miles Hill   Engineer
Walter Kent   Composer
David Hyde Pierce   Arranger,Producer
Steve Rosen   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Jule Styne   Composer
Paul Brandt   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Patrick Duffy   Artwork
Liz Brandt   Composer,Executive Producer
Paul Silveira   Engineer
David Browning   overdub engineer
Chris Andrew   Arranger
Bill Fries   Composer

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