Darren Rahn: Talk of the Town
Talk of the Town
Talk of the Town (NuGroove 2024-2)
Darren Rahn (tenor, Fender Rhodes, keyboards, drum programming, horn section saxes), Frank Selman (electric guitars), Jason Rahn (trumpet, flugelhorn), Mel Brown (bass).
Horn arrangement by Darren Rahn. Composed by Darren Rahn.
Recorded: Denver, CO, date not given. Released Feb. 2009
Rating: 93/100 (learn more)
Multi-tracking and programming, while they may reduce the opportunities available for actual living sidemen on sessions, can certainly cut costs and sometimes better ensure the desired finished product that an artist and/or producer is seeking. On the funky title tune of his new CD, Talk of the Town, for example, saxophonist-producer Darren Rahn impressively displays his versatility, playing tenor, various keyboards, doing the drum programming, and arranging the horn section that he and his brass-playing twin brother Jason layer so delightfully and skillfully onto this cut.
After some provocative opening electronic reverberations, Rahn's tenor soulfully plays the insinuating groove of the line over hard-nosed bass and drum rhythms. The spunky horn section riffs accentuate the danceable ambiance. Rahn's tone and delivery have appealing qualities similar to those of David Sanborn. The out-chorus, with Rahn wailing away and the horns vamping no end, recalls not only Sanborn, but also—from back in the day—the Brecker Brothers.
Reviewer: Scott Albin