Speechless

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
As of this release, his fourth solo album since 2005, saxophonist Darren Rahn had unfortunately not yet leaped onto the rarefied A list in the contemporary urban/smooth jazz world -- the top sellers who get all the top festival and tour bookings. But he had of late done a lot of touring with guitarist Paul Brown, another genre powerhouse producer of others who slowly amassed a solid solo catalog. Appropriately, they often tagged themselves as "The Producers." Considering its infectious swirl of old-school, hooky funk-driven jams à la "Revelation," "Into the Light," and "Studio 54," a delightfully disco-fied romp duetting with with Najee's flute and candlelit slo-jams ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
As of this release, his fourth solo album since 2005, saxophonist Darren Rahn had unfortunately not yet leaped onto the rarefied A list in the contemporary urban/smooth jazz world -- the top sellers who get all the top festival and tour bookings. But he had of late done a lot of touring with guitarist Paul Brown, another genre powerhouse producer of others who slowly amassed a solid solo catalog. Appropriately, they often tagged themselves as "The Producers." Considering its infectious swirl of old-school, hooky funk-driven jams à la "Revelation," "Into the Light," and "Studio 54," a delightfully disco-fied romp duetting with with Najee's flute and candlelit slo-jams like "Give 'n' Take" featuring Brown's cool electric strum, there's no reason Speechless couldn't be the set to get Rahn over the "I'm a producer who makes my own albums" hump. He deserved to be respected as the great evolving saxophone artist he is. Other highlights that perfectly represent Rahn's likable melodic charms include the jangling, back-in-the-day-styled R&B vocal track "Magical" featuring vocalist and co-writer Joshua, the hypnotic and sensual soprano-laced vocal tune "Speechless" featuring Maxine Hardcastle, and the super progressive, delightfully synthy and thumping "Euro Trippin'." Speechless is so chock-full of gems that bear repeated listening that it might take a while to get to the playful dual groove on "Flashback," featuring Dave Koz, a genre legend whose sound Rahn is clearly influenced by. While the terrestrial smooth jazz format in 2012 was not what it once was, Rahn's sense of groove and melody perfectly represented the genre whatever one chose to call it during this era.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/26/2012
  • Label: Trippin & Rhythm
  • UPC: 020286198444
  • Catalog Number: 54
  • Sales rank: 94,813

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wave of the Future (3:50)
  2. 2 Into the Light (4:10)
  3. 3 Magical - Joshua Welton (3:59)
  4. 4 Give 'N' Take (5:22)
  5. 5 Magnetic (4:42)
  6. 6 Revelation (4:10)
  7. 7 Studio 54 (4:07)
  8. 8 Speechless (5:17)
  9. 9 One Step Ahead (4:21)
  10. 10 Euro Trippin' (3:31)
  11. 11 Flashback (5:01)
  12. 12 The Healing (4:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Darren Rahn Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Piano, Cymbals, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Tambourine, Vocals, Clavinet, Shaker, cowbell, fender rhodes, Synthesizer Bass, Wurlitzer, Ride Cymbal, Horn Section, Hi Hat
Dave Koz Alto Saxophone
Najee Flute
Mel Brown Bass, Electric Bass, Soloist
Anthony Jones Cymbals, Drums, Hi Hat
Paul Brown Guitar
Maxine Hardcastle Vocals
Frank Selman Electric Guitar, wah wah guitar
Nate Harasim Keyboards, Synthesizer Bass, Wurlitzer
Matt Godina Synthesizer, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Synthesizer Bass, electronic percussion
Jason Rahn Acoustic Guitar, Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Marvin "Tony" Hemmings fender rhodes
Joshua Welton Vocals
Technical Credits
Dave Koz Composer
Mel Brown Engineer
Anthony Jones Engineer
Maxine Hardcastle Composer
Joe Yannece Mastering
Darren Rahn Composer, Producer, Engineer, Artwork, Horn Arrangements, drum programming, Percussion Programming, Drum Engineering, Layout
Nate Harasim Composer, Programming, Sound Effects, Producer, Engineer, Artwork, drum programming, Vocal Producer, Additional Production, Layout
Matt Godina Composer, Producer, Engineer, drum programming, Additional Production
Jason Rahn Engineer
Marvin "Tony" Hemmings Engineer
Joshua Welton Composer
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