“The Magic of Christmas”
Producers: Jim Brickman, Fred Mollin, Steve Wingfield
Jim Brickman has long had a love affair with Christmas. In fact, “The Magic of Christmas” is his ninth holiday album, and the good news is he’s lost none of his exuberance for the season. The warmth and fluidity in Brickman’s piano artistry are a perfect complement to such classics as “My Favorite Things,” “What Child Is This?” and “Silent Night.” The arrangement of the oft-recorded “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” sparkles under his skilled fingers.
The mostly instrumental album includes four tracks with vocals. Christian music icon Sandi Patty delivers an engaging version of “Christmas Time Is Here,” best-known as the tune from “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Actress Megan Hilty, who stars on NBC’s “Sean Saves the World,” delivers a beautiful rendition of the Carpenters’ beloved holiday gem “Merry Christmas Darling.” Brickman himself turns in a delightful vocal performance on “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” that will make listeners wish he’d sing more often. The album closes with the incomparable Johnny Mathis on “Sending You a Little Christmas,” a modern-day holiday classic, penned by Brickman, Victoria Shaw and Billy Mann. With his choice of songs and heartfelt execution, Brickman has delivered another Christmas collection sure to be a perennial favorite.