T. Mychael Rambo announces the release of his jazz debut recording 'Simply'; a selection of jazz standards and spoken word interludes. This project follows the success of his holiday recording, 'The Gift; A Christmas With Love' both projects are executive produced by R3P-Rambo 3 Productions and are now available on-line here at . ABOUT THE CD: 'Simply' by T. Mychael Rambo, is an intimate collection of jazz standards embracing the tradition of greats like Johnny Hartman, Lou Rawls and Al Jarreau. Rambo crafts a rich landscape of texture and rhythm, woven together by spoken word interludes underscored by some of the Twin Cities finest musicians: arranger - Keith McCutchen on piano, Jay Young and Adam Linz on bass, Bobby Commodore and R. Brandon Commodore on drums, and Daryl Boudreaux on percussion. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Matthew Zimmerman at WildSound (Minneapolis, MN). This collaboration has produced a recording '...that captures the smoldering passion and storytelling ability of a truly masterful vocal artist.' Bruce Henry, Jazz Vocalist/African American Musicologist With selections like 'Simply' (#14) the title track and 'Motherland' (#11), T. Mychael demonstrates his ability as a wordsmith and a griot of song. His sultry stylings on 'Teach Me Tonight' (#9) and 'You Don't Know What Love Is' (#12) are sung with such verve and finesse one savors every note. 'Ill Wind' (#4), 'Dedicated To You' (#7), 'Dindi' (#8) and the quintessential 'Lush Life' (#13) are captured with the pure honesty and simplicity of a seasoned jazz balladeer. His playful and upbeat renditions of 'Anyone Can Whistle' (#3) and 'I'm Beginning To See the Light' (#5) are a welcomed addition to this dynamic recording 'Simply' reveals a vocal artist who is more than 'Just a Lucky So and So'(#2) T. Mychael Rambo is '...the essence of timing and phrasing, a compelling messenger, heart and soul...a signature voice.' Leigh Kamman, Minnesota Public Radio - THE JAZZ IMAGE (tm) Here's What People Are Saying About 'Simply' The New Jazz Album From T. Mychael Rambo 'The essence of timing and phrasing, a compelling messenger, heart and soul...a signature voice - T. Mychael Rambo.' Leigh Kamman, Minnesota Public Radio - THE JAZZ IMAGE (tm) 'Simply...captures the smoldering passion and storytelling ability of a truly masterful vocal artist' Bruce A. Henry, Jazz Vocalist/African American Musicologist 'Soulful and strong, T. Mychael Rambo dips his colorful tenor in a deep well, 'Simply' and elegantly delivering history, grace and joy.' Rohan Preston, Minneapolis Star Tribune 'The voice of an artist, the heart of a man...'Simply' is the revelation of who T. Mychael Rambo truly is.' Robyne Robinson/fox 9 news 'Simply' put, T. Mychael Rambo could sing the phone book and I'd be mesmerized, slip this disc in and you'll be swept away with his sultry, smooth sound.' Pam Lundell, Host of KLBB Breakfast Club AM1400/1470 'Simply...heartfelt and tender, makes it clear that technique is good but when joined with passion and singular execution you discover, T. Mychael Rambo is 'Simply' marvelous!' Jearlyn Steele, Infinity Broadcaster 'Simply...refreshingly welcomes a true male, jazz crooner and song stylist to the scene...'Coolsville' is rolling out the red carpet for this one.' Sanford Moore, Musical Director - Moore By Four 'T. Mychael Rambo's rich baritone is one of Minnesota's true treasures...his rendition of Motherland has the feel of the classic Donny Hathaway Live recording.' Tommy Barbarella, Keyboardist- Prince, Greasy Meal and Movable Feast 'Simply is the kind of listening experience that doesn't come along everyday. ...the quintessential heart and soul of ballad jazz.' Dwight Hobbes, Insight News 'T. Mychael Rambo reaches out and embraces you with every song...touching you with his musical gift and his splendid vocal talent.' Jevetta Steele, Actor, Vocalist, Academy Award Nominee 'Simply...has that warm, familiar feeling jazz fans listen for when they scan the isles of record stores searching for music that will carry them through a lifetime.' Hernub Leo, ArtVine 2004 Fall/Winter Issue ABOUT THE ARTIST: T. MYCHAEL RAMBO T. Mychael Rambo, renowned Twin Cities actor, vocalist and performer, announces the release of his jazz debut recording Simply; the follow-up to his acclaimed holiday recording 'The Gift; A Christmas With Love' (both CD's are executive produced by R3P-Rambo 3 Productions). Simply is an intimate collection of jazz standards embracing the tradition of greats like Johnny Hartman, Lou Rawls and Al Jarreau. Rambo crafts a rich landscape of texture and rhythm, woven together by spoken word interludes underscored by some of the Twin Cities finest musicians: arranger - Keith McCutchen on piano, Jay Young and Adam Linz on bass, Bobby Commodore and R. Brandon Commodore on drums, and Daryl Boudreaux on percussion. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Matthew Zimmerman at WildSound (Minneapolis, MN). This collaboration has produced a recording '...that captures the smoldering passion and storytelling ability of a truly masterful vocal artist.' Bruce Henry, Jazz Vocalist/African American Musicologist A resident of St. Paul Minnesota, T. Mychael's captivating sound is heard throughout the Twin Cities at some of the area's finest jazz hotspots. He's had the honor of performing with such notable as Bobby McFarren, Vesta Williams, Jennifer Holiday, Marilyn McCoo, Jevetta Steele and The Sounds of Blackness. The powerhouse baritone has performed throughout Canada, Europe, Africa and Brazil. His most recent concert abroad, the George Gershwin opera 'Porgy and Bess' toured throughout France and Switzerland. Some of his most memorable performances include singing for Maya Angelou, the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, singing the National Anthem for the 1989 NBA Play-Offs (Lakers/Pistons) and his Carnegie Hall debut with the Minnesota Orchestra in October of 2000. As artistic producer T. Mychael collaborated with Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) to produced 'The Gift, A Christmas With Love' featuring selections from his holiday recording. This past summer, Rambo and MPR, joined forces again to present 'Heart of the Man' a tribute to the rich mellow sound of the jazz balladeer: Johnny Hartman, Nat King Cole, Billy Eckstine and Joe Williams. T. Mychael is currently appearing in the Penumbra Theatre remount of 'Dinah Was' presented at the Ordway Center's McKnight Theatre. With Penumbra Artistic Director Lou Bellamy, he will co-conceive the restaging of Penumbra Theatre's holiday classic 'Black Nativity.' In January 2005, Mr. Rambo will return to the Target Center, as artistic producer of 'Moving the Dream Forward: Words from Coretta - Letters from Martin' as part of the Timberwolves Annual MLK Celebration. Also in 2005, T. Mychael will join North Star Opera in their production of the Scott Joplin opera 'Treemonisha' in February. An affiliate professor and recruitment coordinator for the College of Liberal Arts, Theatre Arts and Dance at the University of Minnesota, T. Mychael is best know as a member of Penumbra Theatre Company and for his role as the Minister in Penumbra's 'Black Nativity.' A cast member of the highly praised Guthrie Theatre production 'Crowns', T. Mychael has performed in several Guthrie main stage productions. Rambo has made an indelible name in Twin Cites theatre, performing at: Illusion Theatre, Minnesota Opera, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Children's Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, Park Square Theatre and Hey City Theatre in their celebrated production of 'Smokey Joe's Café.' T. Mychael has also performed at a number of regional theatre companies in addition to several national and regional tours. His television credits include: national and local commercials, the HBO mini-series 'Laurel Avenue', the television pilot 'Endeavor' and the NBC Movie of the Week 'I Led Two Lives'. His feature films credits include 'Mighty Ducks', 'D.O.A', 'Lost Dog', 'Crossing the Bridge', ' Grumpy Old Men', 'The Cure', 'Equinox', 'Wooly Boys' and the recently released 'Justice', winner of several national independent film festival awards. T. Mychael has also been the recipient of several awards for artistic excellence: the 1995 William W. Griffin Award, 1997/98 Critics Choice Award, 1997/98 B. Ida Payne Award, the National Business League-Artist of the Year Award, and the coveted Phoenix Award. He has won grants from Intermedia Arts, Arts Over AIDS, New Music Theatre Ensemble, St. Paul Companies, Jerome Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board.
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