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A Song for You

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All Music Guide - Paula Edelstein
The great Kenny Rankin makes a subtle shift in stylistic focus on this label debut, titled A Song for You. The recording shows just how rewarding the marriage of songs from the Great American Songbook with the smooth jazz style can be when played by a talent of Rankin's stature. His singing explores new musical trails on such great compositions as Harold Arlen's "When the Sun Comes Out," the Lorenz Hart favorite "She Was Too Good to Me," and "Love Walked In" by George & Ira Gershwin. Rankin also reprises his vocal version of "'Round Midnight," the Thelonious Monk standard previously released on his 2001 CD Haven't We Met?. This vocal version is performed with ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Paula Edelstein
The great Kenny Rankin makes a subtle shift in stylistic focus on this label debut, titled A Song for You. The recording shows just how rewarding the marriage of songs from the Great American Songbook with the smooth jazz style can be when played by a talent of Rankin's stature. His singing explores new musical trails on such great compositions as Harold Arlen's "When the Sun Comes Out," the Lorenz Hart favorite "She Was Too Good to Me," and "Love Walked In" by George & Ira Gershwin. Rankin also reprises his vocal version of "'Round Midnight," the Thelonious Monk standard previously released on his 2001 CD Haven't We Met?. This vocal version is performed with harmonically viable guitar strumming, with Rankin making it a much easier task than one who may be trying to de-emphasize the difficult piano stylings associated with Monk. Other songs deserving noteworthy mention are the subtle sensuality of "Spanish Harlem" and "I've Just Seen a Face" by Lennon/McCartney. The results of this great variety of musical planning are distinctly even and make for nearly an hour of great smooth jazz fused with excellent material from the songbooks of some of the world's greatest composers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/13/2002
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 731458954026
  • Catalog Number: 589540
  • Sales rank: 94,591

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kenny Rankin Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Roy Hargrove Trumpet
Steve Kujala Flute
Hubert Laws Flute
John Beasley Synthesizer
Russell Malone Guitar
Marilyn Baker Viola
Richard Todd French Horn
Lewis Nash Drums
Rick Baptist Trumpet
Denyse Buffum Viola
Jodi Burnett Cello
Jon Clarke Oboe
Larry Corbett Cello
Ernest Ehrhardt Cello
Peter Hatch Viola
Dan Higgins Reeds
Paula Hochhalter Cello
Karolyn Kafer Reeds
Anne Karam Cello
Jerome Kessler Cello
Charles Loper Trombone
Warren Luening Trumpet
Earl Madison Cello
Christian McBride Bass
Carole Mukogawa Viola
Jack Nimitz Reeds, Bass Clarinet
Leon Pendarvis Keyboards
Chris Potter Tenor Saxophone
James Ross Viola
Harry Shirinian Viola
David Spinozza Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Steve Tavaglione Clarinet
Brad Warnaar French Horn
Fred Selden Reeds
David H. Speltz Cello
Raymond Tischer Viola
Technical Credits
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Alan Broadbent Orchestration, Wind Arrangements
Kenny Rankin Arranger
John Beasley Orchestration, Wind Arrangements
Tommy LiPuma Producer
Doug Sax Mastering
Al Schmitt Producer, Engineer, Vocal Overdubs
David Spinozza Score
Hollis King Art Direction
Spring Cooper Groomer
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