Kenny Rankin

Hiding in Myself

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Returning to recording after nearly eight years, Rankin bounced back with this one and only album for the A&M subsidiary label, Cypress. With crack support from such jazz and session aces as Lee Sklar, Robben Ford, Steve Lukather, and David Benoit, along with old friends John Sebastian and David Crosby, Rankin made up for some lost ground. The fine balance between light jazz and soft rock fit in nicely with the growing genre of adult pop that would morph into Triple A radio a few years later. Still, the songs are not Rankin's best and, aside from his efforts on a couple of admirable Marvin Gaye covers and one Jimmy Webb interpretation, Rankin's stronger talents do not come through. Also, the album includes only two tracks on which Rankin plays guitar. Nonetheless, it was a clear signal that Rankin was beginning to re-emerge, and future albums would bear the fruit of his labors during this period.

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