Christmas songs redone in the R&B idiom have been popular since Stevie Wonder recorded â€œSomeday At Christmasâ€ in 1967. Rahsaan Pattersonâ€™s deft styling of old soul and twenty-first century urban pop has made him one of the more interesting voices of the last twelve years. He is always vulnerable in revealing his emotional self and fearless in his unscripted musical direction. That personal creed stays and makes good on his first Xmas album The Ultimate Gift. There are three traditional songs and seven original ones co-written Jamey Jaz and with Van Hunt. â€œHolidayâ€ kicks off the festive theme with keys that resemble blinking decorative lights and even more keys phrased funky to start a party despite there being no snow in LA. Pattersonâ€™s R&B chops have a gospel twang and the youthful qualities of a young Michael Jackson or Ralph Tresvant. â€œAngels Singâ€ has the gracious lilt of any Quincy Jonesâ€™ jazz and R&B symphonic composition except a simmering guitar moves across Pattersonâ€™s falsetto. Paul McCartneyâ€™s â€œWonderful Christmastimeâ€ keeps the reverb-heavy effects but utilizes the ubiquitous auto-tune treatment with drums and synthesizers from Prince circa 1999. A kind of remix of â€œDeck The Hallsâ€ takes place with â€œPeace And Joyâ€™s revamp of the famous â€œFa La La La Laâ€ in a soulful humanitarian plea mindful of Wonderâ€™s many love fests. And fluttery winds from more angel wings fly through a celestial space with the most important wishes of â€œThe Ultimate Giftâ€ to end racism and greed. Secular but still concerned with the spirit Pattersonâ€™s Xmas party acknowledges the Messiahâ€™s accepted birthday in a soulful mishmash of holiday classics morphed into newness.