(Smooth Jazz) Ragan Whiteside - Evolve - 2012, MP3, 320 kbps

(Smooth Jazz) Ragan Whiteside - Evolve - 2012, MP3, 320 kbps
Ragan Whiteside / Evolve
Жанр: Smooth Jazz
Год издания: 2012
Аудиокодек: MP3
Тип рипа: tracks
Битрейт аудио: 320 kbps
Продолжительность: 00:44:30
Наличие сканов в содержимом раздачи: нет
01. Intro
02. Eight Thirty Seven
03. Feelin' Free (feat. Bob Baldwin)
04. Off Kilter (feat. Chieli Minucci)
05. Memories of You
06. Livin' Lovin'
07. On the Dance Floor (feat. Porter Carroll Jr.)
08. Sweet Sticky Thing
09. Sun Up in My Sky
10. Mean to Me
11. Until Next Time (feat. Marion Meadows)
12. Evolve
Об исполнителе (группе)
Flutist, vocalist, and songwriter, Ragan Whiteside is taking the Contemporary Jazz world by storm. With her unique style and soulful vibe, this triple threat is bringing the flute back into mainstream focus.
Ragan began her musical journey at the very early age of 5. She played the piano, drums, and the violin, but found her true love in playing the flute. From there she went on to study classical music.
Ragan’s passion for music lead her to realize another new love: Songwriting and Arranging. After winning numerous competitions in both performance and music composition she decided to further her music studies and attended the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Harid Conservatory, where she earned a Bachelor of Music-Performance degree.
After graduating, Ragan returned to New York to begin her career as a professional musician and immersed her composition abilities within the genres of Jazz, Funk, and R&B. After winning the Capital Jazz New Artist Competition, she released her debut album, Class Axe in 2007. Since her debut album, this award winning artist has developed a heightened focus in the writing, producing, and editing process of her sophomore release, Evolve. Evolve showcases not only her melodious musicianship as a flutist, but her sultry vocals and soulful compositions. Under the direction of her highly acclaimed producers/arrangers, Dennis Johnson and Bob Baldwin, Ragan showcases her high energy and expansive musical abilities. Her versatility is heard throughout the CD on such sultry songs as Livin’ Lovin’ and Mean to Me which she co-wrote. In her up-tempo R&B duet, On the Dance Floor, she teams up with legendary vocalist Porter Carroll Jr. (original member of Atlantic Starr) and continues to craft her own unique style.
Taking her refreshing and vibrant flute sounds to newer heights, Ragan has collaborated with an array of veteran contemporary jazz artists, including Chieli Minucci, Marion Meadows, Bob Baldwin, the afore mentioned Carroll and Chembo Corniel (Latin Jazz Grammy nominee). The featured guests add brilliance and extraordinary vibes to Evolve’s organic listening experience. Her remake of the Ohio Players’ 1975 hit, Sweet Sticky Thing, merges old-school funk with the flutist’s signature brand of “boom bap.”
With this widely anticipated recording, this soulfully carefree artist surfaces clearly, rising to the top of her generation of musicians. Fusing traditions, styles, and unafraid of pushing the envelope, Ragan’s crafty arrangements and edgy music transcends genre boundaries and marks a new era of contemporary jazz, neo soul and funk.
Bob Baldwin describes Ragan by saying, “She not only has THE silkiest and sweetest flute tone in the business, but her tenacity and desire to be recognized in Urban, New-Soul AND smooth jazz genres makes her a musical force to be reckoned with!! Mark my words !"
Об альбоме (сборнике)
When beauty and musical talent come together in a compelling symbiosis, then Ragan Whiteside's flute is the herald of this glorious message. Her Bachelor of Music-Performance and the gain of the Capital Jazz New Artist Competition are signs for things to come.
Pianist Bob Baldwin soon recognized her great skills and invited her as guest musician on his albums NewUrbanJazz.com (2008), Tribute to Michael Jackson “Never Can Say Goodbye” (2010), NewUrbanJazz.com 2 / Re-Vibe (2011) and Betcha By Golly Wow – The Songs of Thom Bell (2012).
Bob Baldwin describes Ragan by saying, “She not only has THE silkiest and sweetest flute tone in the business, but her tenacity and desire to be recognized in Urban, New-Soul AND smooth jazz genres makes her a musical force to be reckoned with!! Mark my words!”
Her debut album Class Axe (2007) received high acclaims especially by the customers of CDBaby. Now she is back with her sophomore album Evolve (2012), produced by Dennis Johnson and Bob Baldwin. Stylistically, it is dedicated to the Neo-Soul, Urban, and Smooth Jazz, a delightful mix.
Whiteside starts on Eight Thirty Seven with a lot of momentum and by the very ease of the flute she gives her self-created melody a special boom. On Feelin' Free Ragan breaks in like a natural event. Singer, keyboardist and flute in perfection. So much talent. That's jaw-dropping!
Flashy as on Off Kilter is the almost hypnotic groove that strikes one immediately under his spell. Chieli Minucci on guitar is significantly infected. Ragan's trenchant playing also can be heard on the following Memories Of You. The flute and its inherent lightness of being chases away the shadows on Livin' Lovin'.
That Ragan also feels at home with R&B, you realize On The Dance Floor. A brilliant cover of Ohio Player's Sweet Sticky Thing illustrates how well the flute works as a lead instrument. On Sun Up In My Sky Ragan's wonderful voice unfolds like a dewy rose. Her vocal ability is on par with her instrumental prowess.
Harmony and delicate arrangement combine to form an impressive mixture on Mean To Me. The combination of flute and acoustic guitar on Until Next Time has its charms, although Marion Meadows saxophones at this point brings another nuance. That an album ends with the title tune, a bit unusual. However, it leaves a good impression with its jazzy aura.
Thankfully, there are talented artists that finally provide us with sophisticated music. Ragan Whiteside has earned a place of honor with Evolve.
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