Nelson Rangell

To Begin Again

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Recorded near the beginning of his career, this fairly obscure effort by Nelson Rangell (mostly heard on alto but also playing a little bit of soprano, flute and piccolo) was made for the soon defunct Gaia label. Rangell, whose alto playing has always been in the David Sanborn tradition, was already heading in the pop/jazz direction that would soon make him a popular attraction. Backed by rhythm sections that often include John Van Eps on synclavier and bassist Victor Bailey, Rangell mostly performs derivative originals in addition to "A House Is Not a Home" (which pales next to Jackie McLean's searing version) and Ivan Lins' "To Begin Again." A likable if not very substantial effort.

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