Posts Tagged ‘ Nelson Rangell ’

Nelson Rangell – By Light

Nelson Rangell’s debut album was released on Gaia/Gramavision Records, but soon thereafter he was signed by Larry Rosen and Dave Grusin at GRP Records. A succession of albums followed at GRP where he recorded eight CDs. His stated ambition throughout these endeavors has been “to try to consistently grow and evolve as a player and broaden my horizons as an artist while endeavoring to make music that people will feel and relate to.”

With his musical armory encompassing flute, piccolo, alto, tenor and soprano saxophone as well as whistling, he was well equipped to fulfill this desire. He has recorded with The Rippingtons, Chuck Loeb, Patti Austin, Tom Browne, and The GRP All Star Big Band to name a few and is featured on Don Grusin’s Grammy nominated CD “The Hang.” Though Rangell has recorded mostly in the contemporary/pop and smooth jazz formats garnering top radio play and a large audience.  With his discography of now 17 CD releases Nelson Rangell continues on his musical path with 2 new and very unique albums, “Red”, a collection of dedicated saxophone recordings in the pop jazz and contemporary jazz idiom and “Blue” which features the flute and piccolo throughout it’s highly artistic and diverse 11 tracks.

Nelson’s new CD By Light is now available for pre-order from Amazon.com ahead of the February 9th release date. We’re excited for this release and think you’ll truly enjoy it! Get yours at Amazon.com.

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Nelson Rangell – Blue/Red

nelsonrangell2Nelson Rangell has returned with 2 new CDs being released simultaneously. They are titled “Blue” and “Red“. “Blue” is a wonderfully compelling and virtuosic album of jazz flute. Rangell’s beautiful sound and mastery are featured throughout.

Nelson Rangell’s sparkling two new recordings, “Blue,” a contemporary jazz album of beautiful, engaging and virtuosic flute and piccolo works and “Red”, featuring Rangell’s driving, soulful alto and tenor saxophone are, separately and together, the most extensive, compelling and unique efforts of his career. In past reviews Jazziz Magazine states ” Rangell peppers with effortless complexity seeming at times almost superhuman” and that Rangell is “rich in inspiration, long on chops and powerfully unique in voice”. The Times Of London notes Nelson Rangell’s” extraordinary facility on a range of instruments and undoubted virtuosity”. Flute Talk Magazine writes “Nelson Rangell creates the impression that anything is possible when he improvises” and Saxophone Journal states simply “Nelson Rangell is a spectacular flutist”.

On all of Nelson Rangell’s previous 15 label recordings his flute work and the directions that instrument naturally guided him towards played a secondary role to his saxophone which was in simplest terms, regarded as the more commercial investment by each of those companies. While Rangell sees his musical aspirations as ultimately being no less “commercially minded” on the flute, the scope and diversity of the compositions and arrangements on “Blue” are unusually wide for any single project let alone one done in tandem with an entirely separate album. “Blue” features nine tunes from as varied a group of composers as Stevie Wonder to jazz adaptations of classical pieces by Maurice Ravel. Gabriel Faure and Sergei Prokofiev. The disc’s stylings include everything from R and B to up tempo straight ahead jazz and classical. The unifying thread that bridges the diversity of material throughout the album is Rangell’s unfailingly soulful approach, beautiful sound and technical mastery running through each song. “Blue” includes 2 original pop jazz gems as well, eleven songs in all. Also featured are inspired and fresh contributions by contemporary jazz legend Bob James on 4 of the eleven tracks. James plays with not only his patent artistry and musical insight but with tremendous fire and range.

The simultaneous release of two highly enjoyable and vastly diverse recordings, featuring different instruments has rarely, if ever, been done by an artist. Nelson Rangell is a dynamic player on both flute and saxophone with tremendous ability, a strong voice and much to say. “Red” and “Blue” are both hugely accessible, while taking Nelson Rangell’s artistry and contribution to contemporary jazz to a new level. To buy these albums go to CDBaby.

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