A pandemic doesn’t stop good music! Hear music from the upcoming collaboration between trumpeter Til Bronner and Bob James. It’s called On Vacation and will be out October 30.
UK soul/jazz band Incognito has released “We’re in This Thing Together,” a new song promoting unity. Very positive and uplifting, not surprising coming from Bluey. Lyrics sample:
Oh let me say
A message of appreciation
To the champions across all the nations
The doctors and nurses
Who more than deserve this
They are, (heroes every day)
The proceeds of this song will be donated to the UK’s NHS Charities Together supporting NHS staff and volunteers caring for COVID-19 patients. Get it now!
My initial impression after listening to By Light, the latest recording by multi-instrumentalist Nelson Rangell is one word: STRONG! Multiple listens since have only confirmed that.
His sound on alto sax and flute is as strong as it always has been, which is saying a lot. I’ve always considered him a powerhouse on sax and agile and nimble as anyone on piccolo.
His compositions are strong on By Light. I don’t have credits (a huge disappointment/disadvantage of digital music) so I don’t know if Nelson wrote all of them. There is a cover of “Human Nature.” Some highlights include the opening pure pop-jazz gem “Streamline” which is immediately followed up with one of my favorite tracks, the long burning “Tidal Wave.” In the same vein is “Old School,” which is also a classic pop-jazz piece that could have fit on his albums from 20 years ago.
He brings out strong emotion on the tender ballad “Letting Go.” Grab a box of tissues as you remember someone you’ve lost. There’s the soaring “Ali’s Moon” written for his wife.
I’m telling you – this guy practices every day and hasn’t lost a single step from the first album I fell in love with his sound (1993’s Truest Heart). By Light reminds me of why I started enjoying contemporary jazz in the first place. Thanks, Nelson Rangell.
To learn more about this recording, I recommend you check out the world premiere interview with Sandy Shore on SmoothJazz.com Global Radio. Nelson talks about the album’s title, which instrument he prefers, the tracks on By Light, and more.