101

Nelson Rangell: Turning Night into Day

AAJ Staff By

Sign in to view read count
Nelson Rangell: Turning Night into Day
I have always had difficulty in identifying ' what's new ' about the music of Nelson Rangell. It had a smooth contemporary feel in keeping with Kirk Whalum, Kenny G and David Sanborn. ' Turning Night into Day ' has turned me onto Nelson Rangell as a very talented musician and reminds me a lot of one of my recent ' All About Jazz ' album reviews from February featuring another underrated, yet wonderful saxophonist, Jeff Hackworth.

This abum is full of funky cuts featuring a number of producers including Chuck Loeb who plays guitars on most of the tracks. Other producers include the talented Michael Bearden ( remember his 1995 movie arrangement for the ' Drop Squad ' ) Kip Kuepper, Mike Hupfer and of course overseen by GRP's newish CEO, Tommy Lipuma.

The album opens with Sanborn type ' Starting now ' featuring a predominent bass and drum line and harmonized sax interludes and a wonderful Fender Rhodes played by th top session man Phillipe Saisse. The title cut ' Turning Night into Day 'and track 3 ' The Journey ' highlights Nelson's versitility as a musician who is as comfortable with his alto sax riffs as his smooth glides on a piccolo. The latter provides us with an interplay with the harmonica of Howard Levy, who has definitely been influenced by the excellent Toots Thielemans

' All for you ', ' Gozilla ' and ' La Respuesta ' are all mid tempo grooves featuring Nelson playing alto and soprano sax and flute which have a latin feel, whilst the album's melodic cuts are ' For the rest of my life ' featuring pianist Mike Hupfer and ' Romantique ' featuring Michael Bearden on harmonica, piano, organ and keys which are midnight affairs with the lights down real low.

Other album highlights are ' From spark to flame ' featuring Chuck Loeb on acoustic guitar and Kip Kuepper on keys, ' April snow ' which as the title suggests, is a melodic trip through the awakening spring featuring Nelson on flute.

The five producers add a different slant to the talented Mr Rangell and bring out his wonderful range and versitility on saxophones, flutes or piccolo. This is an album for smooth jazz ' prime time ' and reminds me of the early Sanborn albums which I loved so much and I am sure that contemporary fans will enjoy this album as much as I did..

Personnel

Nelson Rangell.

Album information

Title: Turning Night Into Day | Year Released: 1997 | Record Label: GRP

Tags

Shop Amazon

More

Read Giulia
Giulia
Francesco Cataldo
Read Rhythm Abstraction: Ruby
Rhythm Abstraction: Ruby
Frank Macchia / Brock Avery
Read Hypnosis
Hypnosis
Pauli Lyytinen Magnetia Orkesteri

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.