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Album Review

As Christmas recordings go, The Ultimate Gift by Rahsaan Patterson is its own special animal, coming off more as a solid offering of new tracks with holiday themes than a holiday record by a great neo-soul singer. This date kicks it with solid, bright production, wonderful tunes, and Patterson in very inspired voice. Seven of these 11 cuts are originals co-written with Jamey Jaz (one of three co-producers with Patterson), though the wildly percussive and deeply funky "Christmas at My House" — one of the best moments on this joint — was co-written by no less than Van Hunt. There is only one traditional Christmas song on the set, which is — thankfully — an inoffensive and wildly innovative arrangement of "Little Drummer Boy," complete with serious breaks and slinky keys and guitars in the latter half. In addition, there is a reading of Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime" with a kickin' sax break by Derrick Edmonson. The version of the Motown classic "What Christmas Means to Me" is updated in the most ingenious and soulful way. It's light, snappy, and in the cut. The Patterson originals are all seamlessly fine, hip, and really joyful and warm. If you're looking for something new and soulful in your Christmas music, The Ultimate Gift lives up to its title.

Customer Reviews

Ummm, hellloooerrr.....

Why hasn't anyone commented on mr Rahsaan??!!! Admit it, the boy is bad, even singing Christmastime! Brilliant, genious! I didn't have to hear the whole thing.....Rahsaan can sing 2 notes and I'm pretty much sold! This has been out since August?? Wow! I'm glad to be the first and hopefully not the only one commenting!

'tis the season is all year long!!

I listened to this 'ultimate gift' at least 4 times last night after I bought it. It is a must have. If the holidays are about cheer and good feelings, that's what you feel when you listen to Rahsaan Patterson. Little Drummer Boy is Ridiculous, SO GOOD! After you listen to this it will be one of your stocking stuffers this season!

A must have album!!!

This man does not get the credit he deserves this is one of the best Christmas album's I've ever heard. This man has so much talent!!! Everybody needs to be up on this.


Born: January 11, 1974 in New York, NY

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Soul vocalist and songwriter Rahsaan Patterson is another in the line of new-school R&B singers (Maxwell, Erykah Badu) who displayed a bit more integrity than most of the chart-toppers during the 1990s. After singing in church from the age of six, Patterson moved with his family from New York to California to star in the children's show KIDS Incorporated. He later moved back to the East Coast, resuming his career with small TV roles and assorted commercials, but returned to Los Angeles in the early...
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