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A Song for You

Kenny Rankin

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Album Review

The great Kenny Rankin makes a subtle shift in stylistic focus on this label debut, titled A Song for You. The recording shows just how rewarding the marriage of songs from the Great American Songbook with the smooth jazz style can be when played by a talent of Rankin's stature. His singing explores new musical trails on such great compositions as Harold Arlen's "When the Sun Comes Out," the Lorenz Hart favorite "She Was Too Good to Me," and "Love Walked In" by George & Ira Gershwin. Rankin also reprises his vocal version of "'Round Midnight," the Thelonious Monk standard previously released on his 2001 CD Haven't We Met?. This vocal version is performed with harmonically viable guitar strumming, with Rankin making it a much easier task than one who may be trying to de-emphasize the difficult piano stylings associated with Monk. Other songs deserving noteworthy mention are the subtle sensuality of "Spanish Harlem" and "I've Just Seen a Face" by Lennon/McCartney. The results of this great variety of musical planning are distinctly even and make for nearly an hour of great smooth jazz fused with excellent material from the songbooks of some of the world's greatest composers.

Customer Reviews

Where Do You Start

The most beautiful rendition of Where Do You Start you'll ever hear. It will bring tears to your eyes.

Splendid

I only just discovered this singer from hearing the tail end of a radio broadcast. The voice is subtle, clear, and remarkably lush in a perfectly restrained way; it is extremely affective and better yet, he seems to have a and understanding and facility with lyrics so that the voice is so sublimely expressive in its phrasing and bending around the notes, etc... It reminds me of Gilberto's amazing voice in The Girl from Impanema. (I know that's the wrong spelling, but I can't get it right...)This album seems to me to be a great place to start, the beginning of a beautiful relationship, (credit: Casablanca). He also has two great Christmas songs with Michael Wolff on the latter's Christmas album. His work is definitely worthy to interpret what the reviewer here called the Great American Songbook. I really hope you'll like this album. Relax and enjoy!

30+ years of excellence

I first heard Kenny Rankin on the Johnny Carson show. Carson thought he was one of the finest vocalists in American music thirty plus years ago. Of course he has a beautiful cover of Carson's favorite song "Here's That Rainy Day" on one of his earliest albums and it is the best version of that song I've ever heard. Anyway, here we are now and his more recent releases are just as good as his first!

Biography

Born: February 10, 1940 in New York, NY

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

A pop and standards singer during his long career, Kenny Rankin debuted in 1967 with his first album, Mind Dusters, which featured the soft rock hit "Peaceful." Over the course of the early '70s, Rankin slowly built up a following with a steady stream of records and performances that balanced originals, new songs, and standards. As the decade drew to a close, he began to return to his singer/songwriter roots, particularly on After the Roses, his 1980 debut for Atlantic Records. He continued to perform...
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