Nelson Rangell is a guy whose playing I’ve always loved. He’s strong on the sax and fantastic on flute and piccolo. He’s released two albums independently this year. Red features him on sax on mostly original compositions in the familiar contemporary jazz mode. Blue has him on flute and piccolo in a variety of songs and styles. Bob James guests on a few tracks. Nelson tells you about it in his first blog.
I’ve posted the third in my series of top contemporary jazz recordings of past years. This one is eight of the best-selling artists in 1990, including the Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman, Bobby McFerrin, Joe Sample, Dave Weckl and more. Click the image below to immediately listen and spread the word!
Entertainment Weekly has the first look at Don Cheadle as Miles Davis in Cheadle’s Miles Ahead movie. Check out the full picture and a new interview with the actor.
I’ve been updating my MP3 collection and couldn’t find a good scan of the David Blamires Group’s 1990 recording on the Web. So I scanned mine (usually it’s just easier to get a scan that someone else has already done). In case you’re in the same boat and don’t have a scanner, click the image below to view a 949×932 scan of the self-titled album.
I’m looking forward to reading this. Labeling Benson as the “first true (and truly successful) jazz/soul crossover artist” does make you think. Usually, I’m skeptical of definitive statements like that but I can’t find a better example when you factor in the chart success he had. I wish some sort of box set or ultimate collection of his music would come out at the same time as the book.
Benson is available now.