1996 Boney James – Boney’s Funky Christmas

Boney’s Funky Christmas is the first Christmas album and fourth studio album by jazz saxophonist Boney James, released in 1996.

Boney James, (born James Oppenheim, September 1, 1961) is a saxophonist, songwriter and producer.

In 2009 Billboard magazine named James the No. 3 Billboard Contemporary Jazz Artist of the Decade. Boney James is a four-time Grammy Award nominee (Best Pop Instrumental Album, 2001, 2004, 2014 and Best Traditional R&B Performance, 2009 ) and a Soul Train Award winner (Best Jazz Album 1998). He has also been honored with two NAACP Image Award nominations for Best Jazz Album.He has accumulated four RIAA Certified Gold Records.

Tracks

1   Jingle Bells (Traditional) 1:43
2  What Are You Doing New Year’s (Frank Loesser) 4:57
3  This Christmas (Donny Hathaway, Nadine McKinnor) 4:14
4  Christmas Time is Here (Lee Mendelson, Vince Guaraldi) 4:26
5  The Christmas Song (Mel Tormé, Robert Wells) 4:22
6  Sleigh Ride (Leroy Anderson) 4:17
7  Breath of Heaven (Mary’s Song) (Amy Grant, Chris Eaton) 4:46
8  Let it Snow (Brian McKnight, Wanya Morris) 4:37
9  God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Traditional) 4:35

Media

Musicians

1 Jingle Bells

SaxBoney James
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa


2 What Are You Doing New Year’s

BassAlex Al
DrumsDonnell Spencer
GuitarDwight Sills
KeyboardsGregg Karukas
SaxBoney James
VocalsBobby Caldwell


3 This Christmas

DrumsDonnell Spencer
GuitarDwight Sills
GuitarBob DeMarco
KeyboardsMike Egizi
SaxBoney James
PercussionLenny Castro
VocalsDee Harvey


4 Christmas Time is Here

BassAlex Al
Drums (programming)Paul Brown
KeyboardsDavid Torkanowsky
SaxBoney James
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa


5 The Christmas Song

BassAlex Al
KeyboardsRandy Kerber
EWIBoney James
SaxBoney James


6 Sleigh Ride

BassAlex Al
Drums (programming)Paul Brown
KeyboardsDavid Torkanowsky
SaxBoney James


7 Breath of Heaven (Mary’s Song)

KeyboardsDan Shea
ProgrammingDan Shea
SaxBoney James


8 Let it Snow

Drums (programming)Jeff Carruthers
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
KeyboardsJeff Carruthers
SaxBoney James
PercussionLenny Castro
VocalsJim Gilstrap
VocalsLeslie Smith


9 God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Drums (programming)Jeff Carruthers
KeyboardsJeff Carruthers
GuitarDwight Sills
SaxBoney James
TrumpetRick Braun
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa

Liner Notes

Producer – Boney James, Paul Brown
Coordinator (Production) – Lexy Brewer
Engineer – Paul Brown
Engineer (Additional) – Dan Shea
Mastered By – Stephen Marcussen
Mixed By – Paul Brown
Recorded By (Assistant) – Gordon Suffield, Terri Wong
Recorded By (Assisted) – Charles Nasser

Art Direction, Design – Stine Schyberg
Photography – Kip Lott

Mixed at Alpha Studios. Mastered at PrecisionMastering, Hollywood, CA
Recorded at Funky Joint, Entourage and Alpha Studio