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Take 6

Take 6

Male Gospel Sextet from Nashville, TN.

Members: Joey Kibble, Alvin Chea, Claude McKnight, Mark Kibble, David Thomas, Khristian Dentley
Former Members: Cedric Dent, Mervyn Warren

Back in 1980, Claude McKnight formed an a cappella quartet, The Gentlemen's Estate Quartet, at Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama, where he was a freshman. He auditioned fellow students for the hobby group. The Gentlemen were rehearsing in a campus bathroom, getting ready for a performance, when Mark Kibble walked by and heard them singing. He joined the harmonizing, adding a fifth part, and ended up singing with them onstage that very night. Mark later invited Mervyn Warren to join the group, and the sound of Take 6 was born. Although the sonic structure was now firmly in place, the name was not; the group performed under the moniker "Alliance."

The group performed in local churches and on campus over the next years, with members changing due to college's inevitable comings and goings. In 1985, the lower half of the group (bass, baritone, and second tenor) left upon graduating. At that time, Alvin Chea, Cedric Dent, and David Thomas joined.

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2002 - Grammy Winner - Best R&B Performance by Group with Vocal
1997 - Grammy Winner - Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album - Brothers
1994 - Grammy Winner - Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album - Join the Band
1991 - Grammy Winner - Best Jazz Vocal Performance - He is Christmas
1990 - Grammy Winner - Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album - So Much 2 Say
1988 - Grammy Winner - Best Jazz Vocal Performance Group - Spread Love
1988 - Grammy Winner - Best Gospel Performance by a Group - Take 6

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Take 6 : A Take 6 Christmas : Mixed 5-8 Parts : Sheet Music Collection

Take 6 : A Take 6 Christmas

One of the most well known A Cappella groups of today, Take 6 continues to amaze us with their beautiful and unique arrangements. 'A Take 6 Christmas' is an exciting medley of classic Christmas carols, including "Silent Night," "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," "Sweet Little Jesus Boy," and "O Come, All Ye Faithful," as recorded on the He Is Christmas album. In 'A Quiet Place,' the guys take this subtle hymn and turn into a triumphant, yet soothing, gem with lush harmonies and lots of heart.

Songlist: A Take 6 Christmas (A Medley), Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (medley), Sweet Little Jesus Boy (medley), O Come, All Ye Faithful (medley)

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Voicing: Mixed 5-8 Parts | Performed by Take 6 | 3105b | Sheet Music Collection | $4.98 | A Cappella

Take 6 : The Official Scores : SATBBB : Songbook : 888680869335 : 1540037452 : 00284855

Take 6 : The Official Scores

From their seminal, self-titled album, an a cappella masterpiece, these songs have been painstakingly transcribed and edited into a complete collection of the album's arrangements. Dive into the group that changed a cappella singing for generations to come. This unique blend of Gospel, Jazz, R&B, Pop and Soul can only be described as Take 6.

Songlist: Mary, Gold Mine, Spread Love, If We Ever (Needed The Lord Before), David And Goliath, Get Away Jordan, He Never Sleeps, Milky White Way, Let The Words, A Quiet Place

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Voicing: SATBBB | 9941b | Songbook | $11.95 ON SALE $9.95 | A Cappella | Companion CD Available

Take 6 : Beautiful World : 1 CD : 48003

Take 6 : Beautiful World

Its a beautiful world according to Take 6 and a beautiful body of work for their fans across the board. The 10th offering from the sextet is simply called 'Beautiful World'. Although accompanied by instruments played by the six members themselves, the vocal arrangement shine through like the earlier material that originally gave the group their offical stamp in a cappella. Unlike their last studio CD 'So Cool' which was all original material, this entire project is comprised of Pop, R&B, and gospel standards. 'Wade in the Water' and 'Peace in the Valley' are gospel gems reminiscent of 'Get Away Jordan' and 'Mary dont you Weep'. 'People Get Ready' (Curtis Mayfield) with soaring heights and winding riffs takes you for a whole new ride. 'Lovely Day' (Bill Withers) and 'Loves in Need' (Stevie Wonder) are instantly recognizable, but revamped rethoughtand rearranged in a way that only Take 6 can do. Our favorite is the thought provoking 'Fragile' (Sting) where the haunting melody is kept over lush and thick harmonies you expect to hear from Take 6. Dont be surprised if the 13 new songs from 'Beautiful World' make you a fan all over again.

Songlist: Takin' It To The Street, People Get Ready, Grandma's Hands, Love's In Need Of Love Today, Beautiful World, Don't Give Up, Wade in The Water, Someday We'll All Be Free, Everlasting, Fragile, Peace In The Valley, Street Jam, Lovely Day

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3330c | 1 CD | $13.95 | Accompanied

Take 6 : Believe : 1 CD : 860479000242 : IDLB900024.2

Take 6 : Believe

This album was produced by Ross Vannelli and includes a song written by Diane Warren and a guest appearance from Stevie Wonder. Take 6 is the most awarded a cappella group in history, with 10 Grammys, 10 Dove Awards, Best Jazz Vocal Group honors for seven consecutive years in Downbeat's prestigious Reader's and Critic's Poll, a Soul Train Music Award, BRE (Black Radio Exclusive) Vocal Group of the Year, two NAACP Image Award nominations, and induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

Songlist: Beautiful Day, Reset, You Know You're In Love, When Angels Cry, Here In L.A., Walk Away, Statistic, You Make Me Happy, On Your Side, Keep The Faith, You're All I Need, Song For You, 5 Minutes With God, When Angels Cry

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43115c | 1 CD | $12.95

Take 6 : Feels Good : 1 CD

Take 6 : Feels Good

Formed at Alabama's Oakwood College in the early 1980s, Mark and Joey Kibble, Cedric Dent, Alvin Chea, David Thomas and Claude McKnight were signed by Reprise and released "Take 6" nationally in 1988. That year they blew away the '88 Grammy show audience with "Spread Love," and incredibly won Grammies for both best Jazz and best Gospel group. On their way to "Feels Good," their 12th CD, the versatile sextet has broken down barriers between the musical genres of Jazz, Gospel and Soul and built a massive, broad-based group of devoted fans. An accompanied album, "Join the Band" and 1997's "Brothers" both won Grammies. After 20 years with Warner Bros., their final release was "Beautiful World," an album of accompanied re-interpreted pop/soul classics. But in 2006 the group returned to their a cappella and gospel (at least in subject matter) roots with the release of "Feels Good," forming their own label, "Take 6 Records," in the process. The group is poised, tight and energized, breezing through their strongest set, of mostly original material, since their first head-turning releases in 1988 and 1990. Thomas's joyous "Come On" sets the tone, and Mark Kibble's title tune, Dent and Kibble's "Family of Love," the powerful, profound "Lamb of God," the smooth, rhythmic "More Than Ever," the surprising, re-invented cover of "Just In Time," and McKnight's R&B/Pop gem "Set U Free" keeps the party going. The usual perfect harmonies, strong group songwriting (and outside song selection) and arrangements, and Take 6's return to that good old a cappella all left us with a big smile on our face, like we got when we first heard "Spread Love" back in '88. Welcome back, guys, and bless you!

Songlist: Come On, This Is Another Day, Feels Good, Wait For The Sunshine, Family of Love, More Than Ever, Set U Free, Vinterlude, Just In Time, Lamb Of God, I'll Never Turn Back No More, You Can Make It - Go On

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3039c | 1 CD | $12.95 | A Cappella

Take 6 : Greatest Hits : 1 CD : 47375

Take 6 : Greatest Hits

The influence of the Christian Contemporary group Take 6 cannot be overstated. They, in turn, cite as one their own inspirations Gene Puerling of the Singers Unlimited. Their pedigree is such that the members of this stellar sextet have graced the recordings of many chart-topping artists and movie soundtracks as well (one track, 'Setembro,' is from 'Boyz In The Hood'). Two songs from this collection, 'The Best Stuff In The World Today Cafe,' and 'One And The Same,' have never been released before. Many of the cuts are percussion accompanied, though several are purely a cappella; regardless, if only to hear the pristine voices and the impeccably constructed harmonic voicings, repeated listening is advised. Stylistically, the group has a gospel/funk flavor with a jazzy overtone, courtesy of the signature chords that have become associated with the Take 6 sound. A excellent gift and introduction to the group, with enough new material to satisfy the appetite of the seasoned aficionado.

Songlist: I L-O-V-E-U, Destiny, One and the Same, Fly Away, Mary, Biggest Part of Me, The Best Stuff in the World Today Cafe, Setembro (Brazilian wedding song), A Quiet Place, Oh Thou that Tellest Good Tidings to Zion, U Turn, Spread Love, So Much 2 Say

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3328c | 1 CD | $14.95 | A Cappella

Take 6 : He is Christmas : 1 CD : 26665

Take 6 : He is Christmas

Contemporary Christian group Take 6 are virtuoso singers with a flawless grasp of harmonic theory. This vocabulary enables them to create arrangements that are resplendent with original ideas, though built on an unassailable foundation. 'Silent Night' is a haunting mysterious dance with the familiar melody line, a departure point for the jazz chord voicings that are essential imagery of Take 6. The group's own 'Oh!, He Is Christmas' is a sophisticated soul didactic. 'Away In A Manger' is rooted in a repeating bass part - the breath of the tune - while the lead is freed up to explore every vocal contour. 'Amen' is a smooth gospel-go-round, joyous and bright. If you want uniquely brilliant interpretations of your Christmas favorites, this is the CD for you.

Songlist: Silent Night, Oh! He Is Christmas, Hark! The Herald The Angels Sing, Away In The Manger, Amen!, The Little Drummer Boy, 'Twas Da Nite, Sweet Little Jesus Boy, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, O Come All Ye Faithful

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3103c | 1 CD | $12.95 | A Cappella

Take 6 : Iconic : 1 CD : 039911047620 : IDLB104762.2

Take 6 : Iconic

Surely one of the most iconic a cappella groups in history Take 6 has been creating great vocal harmony for many decades. They are true masters of the art and this latest release continues the tradition of vocal excellence.

Songlist: Back in Love Again, Can't Stop the Feeling, Change the World, Sailing, Don't Know Why, Got to Get You Into My Life, All This Love, Could It Be I'm Falling in Love, Roof Garden, Nothing But the Blood

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3088c | 1 CD | $12.95

Take 6 : One : 1 CD : 5796

Take 6 : One

As winners of 10 Grammy Awards and 10 Dove Awards, the multi-platinum selling a cappella group, Take 6, is beloved throughout the musical universe. One sees them return to their roots. As with their breakthrough debut album, Take 6, which went to #1 on the Billboard Gospel and Jazz charts simultaneously and earned a Grammy in both categories, One features Take 6's unique arrangements of some of the world's most beloved gospel classics as well as their inspiring devotional originals. Highlights include a guest appearance by Stevie Wonder on the heartfelt "Can't Imagine Love Without You," exciting originals such as "One," and "Down Here I've Done My Best" and their brilliant re-harmonizations of such classics as "What A Friend We Have In Jesus" and "Farther Along".

Songlist: Down Here I've Done My Best, One, Can't Imagine Love Without You (feat. Stevie Wonder), What A Friend We Have In Jesus, In My Heart, Noah, Allelula, Glorious Day, You're Gonna Need Him, Farther Along, Noah Reprise

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2903c | 1 CD | $15.95 | A Cappella

Take 6 : So Cool : 1 CD : 46795

Take 6 : So Cool

The remarkable Take 6 are back with "So Cool"-and it's ninety percent a cappella. A percussive embellishment here and there augments the groove, but otherwise, it's pure vocal symmetry. Though a Christian group, their sound actually synopsizes several genres and cannot be definitively characterized. The jazz influence can be heard in the lustre of the chords and harmonies; the execution is always on the mark (the group identifies as one of its primary influences "Singers Unlimited"). The gospel feel is heard in songs such "Fly Away," which also derives it's rhythm and vocal inflection from calypso. "Evermore" is smooth and lush, and has a sophisticated contemporary polish and the fresh feel that is often heard on contemporary urban radio. In short, in returning to their point of origin as a vocal band, the group has produced a CD that you will want to own.

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3108c | 1 CD | $13.95 ON SALE $ | A Cappella

Take 6 : Take 6 : 1 CD : 25670

Take 6 : Take 6

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.

Songlist: Spread Love, If We Never Needed The Lord Before (We Sure Do Need Him Now), A Quiet Place, Mary, David And Goliath, Get Away, Jordan, He Never Sleeps, Milky-White Way, Let The Words, Gold Mine

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3101c | 1 CD | $12.95 | A Cappella | Companion Songbook Available

Take 6 : The Most Wonderful Time of the Year : 1 CD : 053361315825 : TLR3158.2

Take 6 : The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Legendary, pioneering Contemporary Christian A Cappella group Take 6 has been mixing elements of Jazz, Gospel, R&B and Doo-Wop for nearly 25 years, winning 10 Grammys, 10 Dove Awards, one Soul Train Award, and two NAACP Image Awards in the process. Claude, Mark, Joel, David, Dr. Cedric and Alvin bring us a cool 10-song collection of Christmas tunes from their childhoods: a finger-popping title tune, smooth and jazzy "The Sugar Plum Dance" (based on "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy"), a wonderfully greasy "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch," a breezy, jazzy "Sleigh Ride," a surprising, salsa-flavored "White Christmas," eggnog-smooth bluenote Jazz arrangements of "I'll Be Home For Christmas" and "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear;" a rewritten, strikingly-arranged take on "I Saw Three Ships," and a piano-accompanied "Christmas Time is Here," featuring a sweet lead by a marvelous female guest vocalist. Take 6 has delighted and amazed us through the years of their groundbreaking career, and we were very happy to receive "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" and feel that way again, listening to this finely-crafted album. It's been a long wait for a new T6 release, but this makes it all worth it!

Songlist: It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, White Christmas, Grinch Introduction/ The Grinch/ "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch", Sleigh Ride, I'll Be Home for Christmas, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, The Sugarplum Dance (Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy), I Saw Three Ships, Jingle Bells, Christmas Time Is Here

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2392c | 1 CD | $11.95 | A Cappella

Take 6 : The Standard : 1 CD : 3142

Take 6 : The Standard

All male sextet Take 6, one of the most innovative and influential Contemporary Christian a cappella groups of all time, was formed at Oakwood College in Alabama in the early 1980s. In 1988 they released "Take 6" nationally, and won Grammies for both best Jazz and best Gospel group. After 9 groundbreaking, critically acclaimed releases, this long-awaited recording, aptly named "the standard," returns to those jazz roots, covering standards like "Sweet Georgia Brown," "Straighten Up and Fly Right" (featuring George Benson), the scattish "Seven Steps to Heaven" (featuring Jon Hendricks, Al Jarreau and Till Bronner), the moody a cappella "Windmills of Your Mind," "Someone To Watch Over Me," "A Tisket A Tasket" (featuring a sample of the original recording by Ella Fitzgerald), the whimsical "Bein' Green" (with an unexpected Obama plug at the end), the a cappella "Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans" (featuring Aaron Neville and some great faux horns), and a jazzy a cappella cover of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" (featuring Brian McNight). Take 6's Contemporary Christian material is also included, the autobiographical "Back to You," a bluenote a cappella "Shall We Gather at the River" and the lovely, wordless, accompanied "Grace." Wow. This recording sets "the standard" for Vocal Jazz/Contemporary Christian CD of the year. Don't miss this one, it's a soulful treat from beginning to end!

Songlist: Sweet Georgia Brown, Straighten Up And Fly Right, Seven Steps To Heaven, Windmills Of Your Mind, Someone To Watch Over Me, Grace (pre-prise), Back To You, A Tisket A Tasket, Bein' Green, Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans, What's Going On, Shall We Gather At The River, Grace

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2257c | 1 CD | $11.95 | A Cappella

Individual Folios

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A Quiet Place : SATB divisi : Jerry Rubino : Take 6 : 1 CD : 41416064 : 073999160642

Jerry Rubino : A Quiet Place

Arranger: Jerry Rubino Performed By: Take 6

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Voicing: SATB divisi | Sheet Music | $2.25 | A Cappella |
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| 41416064

A <span style="color:red;">Take 6</span> Christmas (A Medley) : SATB : Steve Zegree : Take 6 : Sheet Music : 00-WBCH93360 : 029156107036

Steve Zegree : A Take 6 Christmas (A Medley)

These are the arrangements as recorded on the He Is Christmas album.

Arranger: Steve Zegree Performed By: Take 6

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | A Cappella |
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| 00-WBCH93360

Gold Mine : SATBBB : Mervyn Warren : Take 6 : Sheet Music : 1000366990

Mervyn Warren : Gold Mine

Arranger: Mervyn Warren Performed By: Take 6

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Voicing: SATBBB | Digital | $2.25 |
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| 1000366990

Joyful, Joyful : SAB : Mervyn Warren : Alan Menken : Take 6 : Sister Act : Digital : 08552076 : 884088239763

Mervyn Warren : Joyful, Joyful

From the movie Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, here is a contemporary and exciting rendition of Ode to Joy in gospel and hip-hop style. Geared to the younger choir, yet maintaining the rhythmic vitality of the song, this arrangement is accessible to most groups. Available separately: 3-Part Mixed, 2-Part, VoiceTrax CD. Duration: ca. 3:40.

Arranger: Mervyn Warren | Composer: Alan Menken | Lyricist: Glenn Slater Performed By: Take 6 | Musical: Sister Act

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $2.50 | With Piano |
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| 08552076 | Voicetrax CD Available
Other Voicings: 2-Part

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