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Genres You Will Love
Jazz: Bossa Nova Moods: Type: Acoustic Moods: Mood: Dreamy Easy Listening: Adult contemporary Jazz: Contemporary Jazz

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United States - Missouri

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Elliott Ranney

‘Music like an Island Breeze,’ best describes Elliott Ranney, a Jazz-Folk singer/songwriter performing finger style on classical guitar. His focus spans the genres of Bossa/Samba, The Cool School and contemporary Folk-Pop music. Ranney follows his bliss with original compositions inspired by Tom Jobim, Michael Franks, Tom Waits and Steely Dan, to name a few.

Apart from concert appearances, Elliott incorporates cover tunes and original compositions into his winery/coffee house/cafe show. He has an eclectic esoteric song list featuring well known artists. It’s not a juke box offering, but rather a careful selection of songs suited to Ranney’s laid back vocal and intricate guitar style.

Ranney’s two commercially released albums; an Aging Sailor’s Dream (2001) and Bellevue Shuffle (2013) are prime examples showcasing his variety of music he has gravitated to. In 2012, Inpartmaint, Inc re-released An Aging Sailor’s Dream (ASD) on the Rip Curl Records label based in Tokyo, Japan. November 19, 2015, a song from ASD, ‘Together,’ co-written with wife, Ellen Ranney was released on a compilation album titled HMV&Books Tokyo – Library Music Series “Sparkle.”

Elliott was in tune with music from an early age listening to whatever the radio was dialed in on, mainly classical and instrumental jazz standards. Listening to how the music was put together was the focus in his early years and reflects his love for finding melodies on his guitar. Lyric writing takes a back seat. It is the music first and foremost. Lyrics are even more challenging due to the limited amount of space and time. Writing music/songs is a lifelong endeavor and not enough time to learn everything much less time spent on learning to play the guitar.

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