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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, Rovi
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Go Nelson great sax
Just gave this tune a thumbs up !!
Nelson Rangell goes all the way in 'Going All The Way'. Love that song. Reminds me of a groover Sanborn.
janis1992
Just another reason, we can never judge a book by it's cover! Can I get an AMEN ????
Nelson 's another reason i love jazz so much can you understand why? listen to this guy love it!!!!!!!!!
Beautiful
Cruising on PCH Mailbu
Nelson 's got it
Love this song! !!!!
I love his ''All I've hoped for'' recording.
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.
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
One of the best
Jamm'n SAX .... Love this ....
Yes,
That Cat can blow!
would like to be able to request specific songs by specific artists
yes groove on groove on
I like this groove....ea r candy. David Sanborn reincarnated .
This piece is pretty smooth... I like the vibe it's giving me.. That's what's up!
Lov your music. I will never forget dancing with you at the Fraze
buboot21
I miss Jazz like this on my radio
jcolon1264
My man Mr. Rangell he gets down and deep with that Sax WOW
Nelson Rangell has a nice groove to his music. Grace is my favorite song from him. I close my eyes and this song pierces my soul. Heavenly!
Nelson is so smooth...nic e and smooth...jus t like the cut ...City Lights
gardenofmone y
agree with you girlfriend - Grace is one of my favorites from nelson.
gardenofmone y
nelson always delivers with something truly sassy or ultimately romantic. love his sax sounds.
jazzykp69
I Love this artist just got hip to him 2 thumbs up. (from juicyk)
Philly pride.
Love all of his tracks but Grace sends me over the edge!!
Lew
I love when turning night into day is cycled up on my i-phone while I am on the tractor with the headphones. My family thinks I am crazy buut good music is good music
Saw him playing with the Ripps at the Soiled Dove in Denver a few months back. Awesome musician...t o t a l l y tore up Aspen!
karlvogelhei m
Top notch player.
I am a true fan for life..... Love his music from day one!!!
Excellent smooth jazz artist.....
He sounds like Eric Marienthal!
valeriorafae l 5 8 8
very cool ,great music,brings back to much good memories,fro m the eatly 80,s
rayboy142
Nicolay sampled this song
gsusfig
Truest Heart? :-(
"Grace" is sensual on the Destiny CD! Love the song!!!!❤❤❤❤
Going all the Way is one of my all time best songs, Deacon Hayes
tosinoshoba
Nelson T is a credit to smooth jazz!!
carolyn_moor e 9
Turning Night into Day . . . A tune that makes my day! Smooth...
peace and blessings to mr.rangel. keep it goin !1
I miss the Yes, Then Yes Nelson Rangell!!
fulton.shann o n
Eugene Groove is the one
lejazzaffair
An excellent musican. I see him regularly playing at Jazz At JAcks on the 16th street mall in Denver on most Sunday's
jollykay
My husband saw him at NEC around '78. He says they had to call the fire dept that night to put out a piccolo that Nelson ignited!
macdaddybill
Been a big fan since day one! I call it industrial jazz! need to catch up and buy his more recent albums, this guy is a rock star!
i have a couple of his cd's i like him turning day into night is very hot
stumble upon him and really really like his stuff...
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