|Tags:||smooth jazz saxophone jazz contemporary jazz easy jazz nelson rangell|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
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Denver, Colorado, USA. One of the more distinctive voices working in the oversubscribed pop/jazz firmament, Rangell first picked up the flute at the age of 15. Six months later he found himself studying at the Interlochen Arts Academy, before travelling to the New England Conservatory Of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, to study with renowned saxophone tutor Joe Allard. Immersed in the work of Charlie Bird Parker, Sonny Stitt and Cannonball Adderley, he headed to New York in 1984 to pursue his calling to jazz. The next three years were spent playing with top players including Hiram Bullock, Eric Gale, Richard Tee, David Sanborn and others. He also found occasional employment with the Gil Evans Monday Night Orchestra.
Rangells 1987 debut album was released on the obscure label Gaia Records, but he soon found a more satisfying environment at GRP Records. A succession of albums followed, beginning with 1989s Playing For...