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On first listen, the songs on The Very Best of Nelson Rangell don't sound any different than the kind of smooth, lite-jazz/easy listening pop that one would find on a Spyro Gyra record, and certainly this album fits comfortably in that oft-maligned genre. What makes Rangell different from, say, David Sanborn or Kenny G is not his arrangements, which tend to be pedestrian and colorless (you've heard these MIDI synthesizers and George Benson-influenced guitars dozens of times before), but his taste for songs that have some real melodic weight to them, like Bacharach/David's classic "A House Is Not a Home" or his own "Little Dream Girl." Add in the fact that Rangell is actually a gifted soloist capable of twisting away from simple, melodic lines without losing the cozy accessibility that's the calling card of this style of jazz, and that the songs' relatively extended playing times — most are in the five-to-eight-minute range — give him room to stretch out, and The Very Best of Nelson Rangell becomes something of an exemplar of the style. It won't win over confirmed smooth jazz haters, but this is about as good as this type of music gets.

Customer Reviews thinks the reviewer should stick with his Kelly Clarkson and Pink albums

Smooth Jazz doen't seem to be a favorite with anyone at I Tunes...cmon guys, get off the rap and american idol band wagon...and oh yeah....when do we start getting better sound quality...oh, never mind, bjork sounds just as bad either way...

The Very Best Of Nelson Rangell

The power in his music is wonderful. He has an edgy, yet smooth sound. His music raises the hair on the back of my neck! I think there is so much emotion in what he does. I love Sanborn, like Elliot, Kenny G, Sam Riney, Huge Groove, Merienthal, but this guy has an added edge. The only other sax player that is close is Gerald Albright, he ain't bad either!.


GREAT Album. I love when he plays the flute. GRACE is my favorite!


Born: March 26, 1960 in Castle Rock, CO

Genre: Jazz

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

Nelson Rangell has primarily played pop-jazz throughout his career, although he did a credible job playing some soulful alto with the straight-ahead GRP All-Star Big Band. The records he cut for GRP in the early '90s made him into a popular contemporary jazz attraction in the David Sanborn tradition. A native of Denver, CO, Rangell learned how to play flute at the age of 15, and within six months, he was studying music at the Interlochen Arts Academy. Shortly afterward, he learned the saxophone,...
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