by Jim Brickman


For his second holiday outing, pianist Jim Brickman follows the same formula that made 1997's The Gift such a success -- a selection of seasonal favorites combined with new compositions pleasantly performed by Brickman with a few guest vocalists added to break the instrumental mood. Like its predecessor, Peace utilizes the formula well, and the final product can add a lovely musical ambience to quiet holiday evenings. Although the songs with orchestrations or featured vocalists are done quiet well, Brickman sounds his best when working solo as on his own composition, the lovely "Early Snowfall," or with the romantic warmth of "O Holy Night." For the most part, the orchestrations take a back seat to Brickman's piano, and that works well for songs like "We Three Kings" or the unique ballad version of "Jingle Bells," in which he reinvents the song with a reflective tone that is less celebratory yet still full of the holiday spirit. Guest vocalists lend their pipes to Brickman's Christmas vision as the Blind Boys of Alabama, Anne Cochran, and Collin Raye (who also performed on The Gift) break up the instrumentals without intruding on the disc's candlelight atmosphere. The best of the vocal tracks comes from CCM artist Kristy Starling, whose lovely voice enhances "Sending You a Little Christmas," a new song co-written by Brickman. With its adult contemporary pop feel, this song could easily find its way onto the radio for many seasons to come. While Peace is not a must-have in the Brickman catalog, it accomplishes what it sets out to do, which is to add a little romantic joy to the holiday season.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/2003
Label: Rca Victor
UPC: 0828765289627
catalogNumber: 52896

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jim Brickman   Primary Artist,Piano,Background Vocals
Collin Raye   Vocals
Dominic Genova   Bass
David Isaacs   Background Vocals
Tracy Silverman   Violin,6-string bass
Nick Vincent   Drums
Bruce Watson   Guitar
Eric Rigler   Penny Whistle
Matt Laug   Percussion,Drums
Billy Mann   Background Vocals
David Grow   Percussion,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Peggy Baldwin   Cello
Jorgen Carlsson   Bass,Guitar
Howard Pfeifer   Keyboards
Joseph Stone   English Horn
Monty Allen   Background Vocals
Anne Cochran   Background Vocals
Blind Boys of Alabama   Vocals
Ken Stacey   Background Vocals
Kristy Starling   Vocals
Windy Wagner   Background Vocals
Malibu Lake Holiday Singers   Background Vocals
Cliff Bemis   Conductor,Background Vocals
Ellie Choate   Harp
George Purviance   Ethnic Percussion
Phoebe Jevtovich   Background Vocals
Steven Holtman   Muted Trombone

Technical Credits

Adolphe Adam   Composer
Felix Mendelssohn   Composer
Jim Brickman   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Victoria Shaw   Composer
Tracy Silverman   Arranger
Jule Styne   Composer
Billy Mann   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Charles Wesley   Composer
David Grow   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Howard Pfeifer   Arranger
Joseph Stone   Engineer
Michael Caprio   Art Direction
Noel Regney   Composer
Gloria Shayne   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Eddie King   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Orchestration
John Henry Hopkins   Composer
Christopher Rojas   Arranger
Wendy Leonard   Assistant Photographer
David Bucksner   Tour Manager
James Pierpont   Composer

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