Nelson Rangell

Nelson Rangell

by Nelson Rangell


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Nelson Rangell

While most instrumental artists are content to find a niche by developing their chops on a single instrument and creating one distinctive sound, Nelson Rangell always felt that doing so would shortchange the listening public of his musical diversity. His second GRP release features various styles and such wind instruments as alto and soprano sax, piccolo, and flute. While a first listen to this dynamic disc might confuse listeners previously unfamiliar with his happy schizophrenia, the one undeniable consistency is the passion and excitement he infuses throughout, on party jams like "Givin' the High Sign" and also on more heartfelt fare along the lines of Ellington's "Prelude to a Kiss." While a funky Sanborn influence is quite apparent on Rangell's alto work and the Hubert Laws approach suits him on the flute (allowing for a familiar if not wholly distinctive comfort zone), the real stunning selection is a cover of Pat Metheny's "If I Could," on which Rangell carries the melody by whistling. Though his modulations are brilliant, he never attempted such a feat again. His work throughout the next decade+ continued to show development in all these various areas.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/14/1990
Label: Grp Records
UPC: 0011105962421
catalogNumber: 9624

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nelson Rangell   Primary Artist,Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals,Human Whistle,Whistle (Instrument)
Jeff Jenkins   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Brian Keane   Synthesizer
Victor Bailey   Bass
Don Alias   Percussion
Michael Bearden   Keyboards
Poogie Bell   Drums
Wayne Braithwaite   Bass
Steve Holloway   Drums
Darrin Johnson   Drums
Kip Kuepper   Bass,Keyboards
Jary Mall   Percussion,Conga,Timbales,gourd
Luci Martin   Background Vocals
Jim Mola   Percussion,Drums,Triangle,Shaker,talking drum
Michael Nieland   Percussion
Emedin Rivera   Percussion
Jay Rowe   Keyboards
Omar Faruk Tekbilek   Baglama
John Van Eps   Synthesizer,Synclavier
Norma Jean Wright   Background Vocals
Drew Zingg   Guitar
Charles "Poogie" Bell   Drums
Brian Keane   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Steel Guitar,Vocals,Steel Drums

Technical Credits

Jeff Jenkins   Arranger
Nelson Rangell   Producer
Joe Arlotta   Engineer
Ron Bach   Engineer
Joseph Bartoldus   Engineer
Michael Bearden   Arranger,Programming,Producer,drum programming
Dave Grusin   Executive Producer
Paul Eulin   Programming,Engineer
Louis Johnson   Composer
Kip Kuepper   Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements
Joe Mendyk   Engineer
Larry Rosen   Executive Producer
Jay Rowe   Producer
Omar Faruk Tekbilek   Contributor
James Tuttle   Engineer
John Van Eps   Producer
David Wilkes   Executive Producer
Dave Wonsey   Engineer
Gary Fulton   Engineer
Mike Harlow   Engineer
Danny Weiss   Producer
Brian Keane   Programming,Producer,Contributor,drum programming

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