-- Singer/songwriter Rahsaan Patterson has recorded his first holiday CD. “The Ultimate Gift,” due Aug. 26 via Artistry Music, features such holiday standards as “Little Drummer Boy” as well as six original songs. The latter includes “Christmas at My House,” co-written by Van Hunt. Sharing album production duties with Patterson are Jamey Jaz and Keith Crouch.

-- Grammy-winning a cappella sextet Take 6 harmonizes on a selection of jazz and R&B standards for its forthcoming album, “The Standard.” Guests from the worlds of jazz and R&B -- George Benson, Al Jarreau, Roy Hargrove, Brian McKnight, Aaron Neville and others -- join the group on such songs as “Straighten Up and Fly Right,” “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” and “What’s Going On.” Due Sept. 30, “The Standard” is being released by Heads Up International.

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