India.Arie – Christmas With Friends (2015) [FLAC 24 bit, 44,1 kHz]

India.Arie - Christmas With Friends (2015) [FLAC 24 bit, 44,1 kHz] Download

Artist: India.Arie
Album: Christmas With Friends
Genre: Pop, Christmas
Release Date: 2015
Audio Format:: FLAC (tracks) 24 bit, 44,1 kHz
Duration: 36:25
Total Tracks: 10
Total Size: 407 MB


1-1. India.Arie, Joe Sample – Let It Snow (02:34)
1-2. India.Arie, Joe Sample – Favorite Time Of Year (03:01)
1-3. India.Arie, Joe Sample – Silent Night (03:40)
1-4. India.Arie, Joe Sample – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (04:35)
1-5. India.Arie, Joe Sample – Merry Christmas Baby (03:34)
1-6. India.Arie, Joe Sample – I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm (03:10)
1-7. India.Arie, Joe Sample – The Christmas Song (04:23)
1-8. India.Arie, Joe Sample – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (04:19)
1-9. India.Arie, Joe Sample – Mary, Did You Know? (03:23)
1-10. India.Arie, Joe Sample – Auld Lang Syne (03:41)


While vocalist India.Arie and keyboardist Joe Sample worked on new songs that, in Arie’s words, “weren’t coming together as quickly as I wanted,” Arie had the idea to shift direction and record a Christmas album – something her mother had been wanting her to do. Sample’s own family members had been asking the same from him, so he was happy to go along. In September 2014, while Christmas with Friends was being completed, Sample – whose importance to jazz and R&B is difficult to overstate – died of mesothelioma. He plays piano on four of the ten songs: the opening “Let It Snow,” “Silent Night” (featuring Brandy), “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (featuring Kem), and “The Christmas Song.” It’s unfortunate that Sample isn’t heard more frequently, but the whole album is loose and lively, supported by drop-ins from contemporary gospel, jazz, pop, R&B, and rock artists, including Michael McDonald and Trombone Shorty. The backing musicians, such producer Aaron Lindsey, Jeff “Tain” Watts, and Nathan East, are top-notch as well, and Arie ties it all together, switching between the spiritual and playful material with natural ease.

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