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The Very Best of Nelson Rangell

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
On first listen, the songs on The Very Best of Nelson Rangell don't sound any different than the kind of smooth, lite-jazz/easy listening pop that one would find on a Spyro Gyra record, and certainly this album fits comfortably in that oft-maligned genre. What makes Rangell different from, say, David Sanborn or Kenny G is not his arrangements, which tend to be pedestrian and colorless you've heard these MIDI synthesizers and George Benson-influenced guitars dozens of times before, but his taste for songs that have some real melodic weight to them, like Bacharach/David's classic "A House Is Not a Home" or his own "Little Dream Girl." Add in the fact that Rangell is ...
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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
On first listen, the songs on The Very Best of Nelson Rangell don't sound any different than the kind of smooth, lite-jazz/easy listening pop that one would find on a Spyro Gyra record, and certainly this album fits comfortably in that oft-maligned genre. What makes Rangell different from, say, David Sanborn or Kenny G is not his arrangements, which tend to be pedestrian and colorless you've heard these MIDI synthesizers and George Benson-influenced guitars dozens of times before, but his taste for songs that have some real melodic weight to them, like Bacharach/David's classic "A House Is Not a Home" or his own "Little Dream Girl." Add in the fact that Rangell is actually a gifted soloist capable of twisting away from simple, melodic lines without losing the cozy accessibility that's the calling card of this style of jazz, and that the songs' relatively extended playing times -- most are in the five-to-eight-minute range -- give him room to stretch out, and The Very Best of Nelson Rangell becomes something of an exemplar of the style. It won't win over confirmed smooth jazz haters, but this is about as good as this type of music gets.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/2/1998
  • Label: Grp Records
  • UPC: 011105992824
  • Catalog Number: 9928
  • Sales rank: 19,015

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Turning Night into Day (5:01)
  2. 2 Time Will Tell (6:12)
  3. 3 Grace (5:30)
  4. 4 Joi de Vivre (4:29)
  5. 5 Little Dream Girl (4:53)
  6. 6 Map of the Stars (5:22)
  7. 7 Golden (3:42)
  8. 8 La Repuesta (The Answer) (4:20)
  9. 9 One Heart Calling (6:49)
  10. 10 All This Time (5:18)
  11. 11 A House Is Not a Home (7:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nelson Rangell Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Flute, Piccolo, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Multi Instruments
Michael Davis Trombone
David Mann Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Mel Brown Bass
Sharon Bryant Background Vocals
David Charles Percussion
Bashiri Johnson Percussion, Conga, Timbales
Michael Bearden Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Brant Biles Background Vocals
Lionel Cordew Drums
Barry Danielian Trumpet
Zach Danziger Drums
Eric Gunnison Piano
Jef Lee Johnson Guitar
Ron Komie Guitar
Will Lee Bass
Chuck Loeb Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Keyboards
Tony Morales Drums
Rafael Padilla Percussion
Mark Portmann Keyboards
Daniel Sadownick Percussion
Jon Werking Piano
Syreeta Wright Vocals, Background Vocals
Peter Valentine Vocals, Background Vocals
Ross Trout Electric Guitar
Wolfgang Haffner Drums
Russ Freeman Classical Guitar
Technical Credits
David Mann Producer, drum programming
Michael Bearden Arranger, Producer, String Arrangements
Kip Kuepper Producer
Chuck Loeb Producer
Mark Portmann Programming, Producer
Max Risenhoover drum programming, Percussion Programming
Syreeta Wright Contributor
Hollis King Art Direction
David Riegel Graphic Design
Russ Freeman Producer
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