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INTERVIEW

Kenny Rankin: From the Heart

Read "Kenny Rankin: From the Heart" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Kenny Rankin died of lung cancer on June 7th, 2009. This interview was conducted in July 2002. He sings with a fluid ease, whether it's a standard like “The Very Thought of You," the Beatles “Blackbird," a Latin-flavored “Berimbau," or his own “In the Name of Love." His soft voice caresses the most delicate phrases and gallops at fast tempos. But always, there is the twist of a phrase, taking a line somewhere unexpected, but inspired; a ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Kenny Rankin: A Song for You

Read "A Song for You" reviewed by Dave Nathan

Veteran vocalist Kenny Rankin, in my opinion, has been variously misclassified, misassigned in terms of where he belongs as a performer for far too long. The knee jerk reaction to his material, on record and in concert, is that he was more a soft rock singer than a singer/songwriter, with occasional performance references to entries from the Great American Songbook. But even a cursory look at the play list of many of his albums doesn't support that assessment. Even those ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Kenny Rankin: Here in My Heart

Read "Here in My Heart" reviewed by Dave Hughes

It seems like every jazz artist (and even some pseudo-jazz artists) is destined to record at least one Brasilian music album during their career. Here's singer/songwriter Kenny Rankin's entry into this well-trodden field.

Everything about this disc looks like it should be great. There's a remarkable cast of players from both Americas. From Brasil, we have producer Oscar Castro-Neves, Luis Bonfa, Teo Lima, Gilson Peranzzetta, Ricardo Silveira, and many more. From the U.S., there's Don Grusin, Brian Bromberg, Michael Brecker, ...


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