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Nelson Rangell

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, and in 1979 he won Down Beat's Best High School Jazz Soloist competition. Following his graduation from high school, he attended the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston; this time, he won the Down Beat contest on the college level. In 1984, Rangell moved to New York. He spent three years in New York playing clubs and working as a sideman, not only on jazz sessions, but also on jingles and pop records.

Rangell finally began his solo career in 1987, releasing To Begin Again on the Gaia label. Two years later, he moved to GRP, where he released Playing for Keeps. His second album became a major contemporary jazz hit, and with each subsequent release, his popularity grew. His next four albums -- Nelson Rangell (1990), In Every Moment (1992), Truest Heart (1993), Yes Then Yes (1994) -- were all popular on the contemporary jazz charts. In addition to recording his solo albums, Rangell was involved in the GRP All-Star Big Band, playing both in the studio and on the road.

Destiny, an album that found Rangell incorporating hip-hop rhythms into his sound, was released in 1994. It was followed in 1997 by Turning Night into Day; Far Away Day appeared three years later. In 2003, Rangell released his 12th album, the typically smooth and eclectic Look Again, followed by a collection of Christmas essentials (All I Hope for Christmas) and the instrumental pop tribute album My American Songbook, Vol. 1. Soul to Souls was released in 2006. ~ Scott Yanow & Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Red

1. Point Of Departure

2. The Red Pill

3. Some Next Grace

4. Smoothly Sinister

5. Nelly's New Thing

6. Somewhere In The World

7. Whatever Happens

8. Matters Of The Heart

9. Another Way

10. From Here

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Track List: Soul To Souls

1. Free As The Wind

2. City Lights

3. When I Saw You

4. Vonetta

6. A Night In Tunisia

7. A New Avenger

8. Send One Your Love

9. Mean Business

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Track List: Nelson Rangell

1. Turning Night Into Day

2. Time Will Tell

3. Grace

4. Joi De Vivre

5. Little Dream Girl

6. Map Of The Stars

7. Golden

8. La Repuesta

9. One Heart Calling

10. All This Time

11. A House Is Not A Home

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Track List: Turning Night Into Day

1. Starting Now

2. Turning Night Into Day

3. The Journey

4. All For You

5. For The Rest Of My Life

6. Romantique

7. Godzilla

8. From Spark To Flame

9. April Snow

10. All Hearts, One Heart

11. Today's Top Story

12. La Repuesta (The Answer)

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Track List: Destiny

1. The Road Ahead

2. Grace

3. Streetwise

4. A House Is Not A Home

5. Going All The Way

6. Rainbow Shadows

7. Little Dream Girl

8. On The Phone

9. Sonora

10. Joie De Vivre

11. Destiny

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Track List: Yes, Then Yes

1. Yes, Then Yes

2. Looking Forward

3. Never Forgotten

4. Love Is

5. Starstream

6. Swingin' For The Fence

7. One Heart Calling

8. The Runaround

9. Child's Play

10. Time Will Tell

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Track List: Playing For Keeps

1. Playing For Keeps

2. Let's Wait Awhile

3. Waiting For An Answer

4. Falls In Love

5. You Say

6. Ten Worlds

7. Find Your Way

8. Special People

9. From One To Another

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dobridge682
This sax is on fire....ligh t me up!
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michael1510
Nice!
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r2247
Master jazz player , I count six instruments in all. Outstanding! ! !
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Vibrant, quite enjoyable.
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Real smooth, very sexy!
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Absolutely beautiful song "Some Next Grace"
Nelson Rangell is the man��
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Turning night into day top on my list.
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mikki.baker
Had not heard of Mr. Rangell before his 1989 CD....my husband bought in on accident.... b e s t accident ever!! Has been part of my jazz collection for years now!
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timmer46614
What ligature was he using back then?
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cgm2812
Love him...they used to play his music on the Weather Channel "local forecast" portion. Back when it was worth a damn! I would excitedly await to hear what would play next!
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Just awesome he makes me feel like light the air wind so smooth
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reason this man can blow so smooth is because he is a smooth artist.
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nelson can really relax you , he's bad.
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coleman3.edw i n
Great cut by a great musician.
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elm0521
First time hearing Nelson Rangell. Very gifted musician.
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THIS MAN CAN BLOW THAT SAX......... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H E IS TO SMOOTH !!!
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Incredible Skills.Soo Smooth and Sensual
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this guy can blow!! First I've heard of him..
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I had the honor of watching him perform a concert at the Jazz at City Park in Denver. I have both his new CD's Red and Blue but Turning Night into Day is my all-time Nelson Rangell favorite
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bieg21
this guy is super.
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You see to be living the dream, Simply Amazing
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Great Job, Smooth all day and night
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Hey Phage Pandta. You do not enjoy this music cause too much of that rap music in your lower Chandra and in your sub-consciou s .
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Definitely a Sanborn sound to his music. But he has captured his own distinct sound. Thanks Pandora
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Simply amazing to listen to every time.
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Great song very smooth performance. . . .
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oalero00
Wow, never heard of him. Real nice though. Please play in the jazz festivals!!! !
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vchristi91
So love this song!
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I went to high school with Nelson. He was great then and he is great now.
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My granddaughte r Ravyn lov this piece,Ravyn is 14yrs old now and has been playing the alto sax for 3 years. Thanks for your influence along with numerous other sax players.
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Greeting the Dawn of a new day, listening to Smooth Jazz, as I go about my way, Smooth Jazz.
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Sooo relaxing and full of SOUL... I can listen to Nelsen anytime, anyday... year around. Go for the Gold Nelson... I have been a fan of yours since your first album... and my favorite... Little Dream Girl...
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Go Nelson great sax
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Just gave this tune a thumbs up !!
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Nelson Rangell goes all the way in 'Going All The Way'. Love that song. Reminds me of a groover Sanborn.
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janis1992
Just another reason, we can never judge a book by it's cover! Can I get an AMEN ????
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Nelson 's another reason i love jazz so much can you understand why? listen to this guy love it!!!!!!!!!
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Beautiful
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Cruising on PCH Mailbu
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Nelson 's got it
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Love this song! !!!!
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I love his ''All I've hoped for'' recording.
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I have followed Nelson for years and his music has inspired me through good and bad times. I would love to tell him that personally.. D o n a l d K.
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Great to hear Nelson on Pandora One.
He is One of the most inspired and motivated cats I have had the pleasure to work with..KcD
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One of the best
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Jamm'n SAX .... Love this ....
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Yes,
That Cat can blow!
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would like to be able to request specific songs by specific artists
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yes groove on groove on
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I like this groove....ea r candy. David Sanborn reincarnated .
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