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- 1Gold Mine03:44
- 2Spread Love03:30
- 3If We Never Needed The Lord Before [We Sure Do Need Him Now]04:59
- 4A Quiet Place02:44
- 6David And Goliath04:27
- 7Get Away, Jordan04:24
- 8He Never Sleeps03:11
- 9Milky-White Way04:48
- 10Let The Words00:57
- 11I L-O-V-E U04:18
- 12So Cool03:45
Info for Take 6
Take 6 brings its Grammy Award-winning fusion of gospel music, R&B, pop, and jazz to the world on this, their debut. The vocal-harmony group is blessed with gorgeous voices and armed with a strong belief in God (they are all Seventh Day Adventists), who blessed them with a genuine feeling for close harmony singing and jazzy improvisation.
Not just a cappella fans but the whole musical world perked up their ears when six young singers transformed the gospel world with their jazz arrangements. The beautiful harmonies and sophisticated arrangements immediately set a standard which has been endlessly copied ever since. Within a single song can frequently be found elements of jazz, soul, rock and R&B on a gospel base. It is no wonder that these singers were tapped to be the winners of two Grammy Awards for their first recording! It is a must for any a cappella collection! Remember this was 1988 and they set the standard by which other great harmony groups such as Boyz II Men were measured and continue to be so judged.
David Thomas, vocals
Mark Kibble, vocals
Alvin Chea, vocals
Cedric Dent, vocals
Claude V. McKnight III, vocals & trombone
Mervyn Warren, vocals & sampler
David Humphries, finger snaps & sound effects
Recorded at Digital Recorders, Nashville
While vocal groups surge in popularity, GRAMMY award-winning super group TAKE 6 continues to set the standard for a cappella groups of this generation.
The TAKE 6 story began at Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama, in 1980, when freshman Claude V. McKnight III formed a quartet known as the Gentlemen's Estate Club. When tenor Mark Kibble heard the group rehearsing in - of all places - a campus restroom, he joined in the harmonies and performed onstage with the group that same night.
Mervyn Warren joined shortly after, and the group briefly took the name of Alliance. They performed in local churches and on campus for the next few years, with personnel changing frequently as older members graduated and new voices arrived on campus to replace them.
After college, the group signed with the Warner Brothers label in 1987 and changed their name to TAKE 6. Their self-titled debut album, released the following year, scored two GRAMMY Awards and landed in the top ten on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz and Contemporary Christian charts.
The group's swinging, harmony-rich gospel sound attracted a flurry of attention, and the group went on to record or perform with numerous jazz luminaries, including Quincy Jones, Ella Fitzgerald and Stevie Wonder.
The 1990 followup album, So Much 2 Say, was equally successful, climbing to the number 2 spot on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz chart and scoring a GRAMMY for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album. Warren left the group a year later to pursue a career as a producer. He was replaced by Joey Kibble, Mark's younger brother.
The group added instrumentation to their purely a cappella sound beginning with the 1991 holiday release, He Is Christmas. The album scored yet another GRAMMY, this time for Best Jazz Vocal Performance. A string of finely crafted recordings continued throughout the remainder ofthe decade: Join the Band (1994), Brothers (1996), So Cool (1998) and a second holiday album, We Wish You a Merry Christmas (1999). Join the Band and Brothers were both GRAMMY winners.
In 2000, TAKE 6 released a live recording and a best-of collection, followed by Beautiful World in 2002. The group left Warner Brothers after Beautiful World and launched their own TAKE 6 label. Their maiden voyage in the new venture was Feels Good, released in 2006.
TAKE 6 joined Heads Up Records with the release of The Standard in August 2008. The album includes guest appearances by R&B luminaries Aaron Neville and Brian McKnight (Claude's brother), as well as veteran jazzmen George Benson, Al Jarreau and Jon Hendricks. "While we sing lyrics that always exemplify our spiritual and moral convictions, what we really are at the core is a jazz vocal group," says Dave Thomas, a member of the Take 6 lineup since 1985. The Standard garnered three GRAMMY nominations in 2009 for Best Gospel Performance, Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s), and Best Jazz Instrumental Solo.
In 2010, teaming again with Heads Up, TAKE 6 released a third Christmas album featuring holiday favorites and classic Christmas standards titled, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. The album climbed to the top 40 spot on Billboard's U.S. Jazz charts.
To date, TAKE 6 has won 10 GRAMMY Awards, 10 Dove Awards, one Soul Train Award, received two NAACP Image Award nominations, and holds the distinct honor of being the most GRAMMY nominated vocal group in history.May, 2011, two years before the 25th anniversary of TAKE 6's first commercial release, Cedric Dent announced his departure as a principal member of the group. "It has been perhaps one of the most difficult decisions I have had to make in my adult life," Cedric shared with fans.
While Dr. Dent no longer tours with TAKE 6, he continues to work with the group behind the scenes contributing musical arrangements and offering assistance when needed. Cedric's decreased role allows him to pursue other creative endeavors, including further composing and arranging, music research, teaching, consulting, writing books, and spending time with his family. As a member of the faculty at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), Dent takes a leading role raising funds for the TAKE 6 Vocal Jazz Scholarship program, further contributing to the TAKE 6 legacy.
Multi-talented music producer, musician, and baritone, Khristian Dentley, replaces Dr. Dent on the road and in the day-to-day operations. Dentley has filled in for Cedric off and on since 2004, developing a strong rapport within the group, as well as TAKE 6 audiences throughout the world!
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