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Nelson Rangell

  • 1. Rain Forest
    2. Tomorrow (Better You, Better Me)
    3. N.Y.C.
    4. Prelude to a Kiss
    5. Starlight Whispers
    6. Brasilia
    7. Givin' the "Hi" Sign
    8. Carousel, The
    9. Stone Cold
    10. Wishes for You
    11. If I Could
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): GRD-9624

  • Credits
    ProducerDanny Weiss; Brian Keane; Jay Rowe; Kip Kuepper; Michael Bearden; Nelson Rangell; Van Eps
    EngineerJoe Mendyk; Dave Wonsey; Gary Fulton; Paul Eulin; James Tuttle; Joe Arlotta; Joe Bartoldus; Kip Kuepper; Mike Harlow; Ron Bach

    Personnel: Nelson Rangell (vocals, whistling, flute, piccolo, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Brian Keane (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, steel guitar, drums, steel drum, percussion, programming, drum programming); Drew Zingg (guitar); Omar Faruk Tekbilek (baglama); Jeff Jenkins (piano, keyboards, synthesizer); Michael Bearden (keyboards, programming, drum programming, computer); Jay Rowe, Kip Kuepper (keyboards); John Van Eps (synthesizer, Synclavier); Brian Keane (synthesizer); Jim Mola (drums, talking drum, shaker, triangle, percussion); Darrin Johnson , Charles "Poogie" Bell, Jr., Poogie Bell, Steve Holloway (drums); Jary Mall (congas, timbales, percussion); Don Alias, Emedin Rivera, Michael Nieland (percussion); Paul Eulin (programming, computer); Luci Martin, Norma Jean Wright (background vocals).
    Audio Mixers: Danny Weiss ; Brian Keane; Dave Wonsey; Darroll Gustamachio; James Tuttle ; Michael Bearden; John Van Eps.
    Recording information: Colorado Sound Studios, Westminster, CO; Coupe Studios, Boulder, CO; Hip Pocket Studios, New York, NY; Home Base Studio, New York, NY; Horizon West, CT; Sand Box, CT.
    Photographer: Carol Weinberg.
    Unknown Contributor Roles: Brian Keane; Omar Faruk Tekbilek.
    Arrangers: Jeff Jenkins; Michael Bearden.
    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. ~ Jonathan Widran

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