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Tom Ranier: This Way

Read "This Way" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Multi-instrumentalist Tom Rainer is a genre-defying artist who has a uniquely accessible style with a cinematic approach to orchestration. The enjoyable This Way is made up of several of his own compositions as well as a few covers, all of which Rainer and his quartet interpret with sophistication and elegance. The funky title track, for instance, features Rainer leading from the piano with a clean and crisp cascade of notes. Overdubbed woodwinds add a soulful touch to the ...

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Tom Ranier: This Way

Read "This Way" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


The versatile multi-instrumentalist Tom Ranier has enjoyed a busy career, playing pop styles, electronic music and jazz. Prolific as a collaborator—Terry Gibbs, George Coleman, Placido Domingo—he also boasts a grounding in classical music. This Way features Rainier playing mostly his own compositions on piano, synthesizers, saxophones and clarinets, with some help from his friends, guitarist Thom Rotella, bassist Trey Henry and drummer Ralph Humphrey. On this, his first recording under his own name since Bright Idea (Primrose Lane, ...

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Tom Ranier/Glenn Cashman Sextet: Bright Idea

Read "Bright Idea" reviewed by John Barron


The Tom Ranier/Glenn Cashman Sextet is an all-star group of some of the most in-demand jazz musicians on the Southern California scene. Ranier, whose sideman credits include Buddy DeFranco and Kenny Burrell, is one of the west coast's top jazz and studio pianists. Cashman is a renowned tenor saxophonist who divides his time between teaching in upstate New York and playing gigs around Los Angeles. Bright Idea continues in the same hard-driving, progressive fashion as the group's previous release, Blue ...

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Tom Ranier & Glenn Cashman: Blue in Green

Read "Blue in Green" reviewed by Jim Santella


Saxophonist Glenn Cashman owns a warm tone that comes with a crystal clear persuasion. As he converses with pianist Tom Ranier on this program of standards and originals, you can feel the ease with which the two artists communicate. In music, as well as with person-to-person communication, tone can make a difference between understanding and missing the point. Cashman's warm tone comes with a full body and seamless phrases that allow him to connect his ideas to the piano's perceived ...


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