Versatile keyboards and woodwinds Tom Ranier – THIS WAY: On rainy and overcast mornings in the Great Northwest, Tom’s versatile keyboards and woodwinds (including soprano, tenor, alto and baritone sax) are just what’s needed to come to full awakening. Joining Tom are Thom Rotella on guitar, Trey Henry on bass and Ralph Humphreys on drums, and on tunes like “Secret Heart“, it becomes clear to the listener that these are fully accomplished players who love creating great music together.
Though I didn’t find any LIVE videos of Tom’s performances for this upcoming June 26th, 2020 release, you can still watch a bit of his music when you SUBSCRIBE to the Tom Ranier topic channel on YouTube.
If “hip” & “mellow” are what you’re after for your listening pleasure, you’re certainly gonna’ dig down deep on the beautiful opener, “Blue Aria“… very solid recording and a sense of mystery make this tune one you’ll be coming back to often.
There’s a tantalizing shade of funk on the title track, “This Way“, that will make the song a favorite for DJ’s (of all stripes) around the globe… lots of movement and some great changes!
It is Tom’s original song, the 6:09 “Trio Vision“, that wins my choice for personal favorite of the eight totally engaging tunes offered up for our jazz journey… there’s a strange sense of mystery in the pacing on the piece that will have you totally engaged from the first note to the last bar.
I give Tom and his mates a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.98 for these fine performances. Get more information as it becomes available on Tom’s website. Rotcod Zzaj
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