Elliott Ranney | Bellevue Shuffle

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Bellevue Shuffle

by Elliott Ranney

Finger-style acoustic Jazz, in ensemble, featuring some of the finest improvisational soloists in the St. Louis, Mo area : Bossa, Swing & Midwest Cool.
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Bellevue Shuffle
4:14 $0.99
2. Prelude: Music Box in A
0:49 $0.99
3. Curve of Her Smile
4:02 $0.99
4. Blues for Pop
5:00 $0.99
5. Antonio's Guitar
3:14 $0.99
6. Without You
3:49 $0.99
7. Walter, Donald & the Steely Sedan
1:08 $0.99
8. Prelude: To the Night
0:39 $0.99
9. The Way I Feel Tonight
5:08 $0.99
10. Zephyr Hills
3:11 $0.99
11. Tom Waits for No One / Too Beat to Bop
3:33 $0.99
12. Island Breeze
4:33 $0.99
13. Payoff Kiss
2:23 $0.99
14. All New Minor Swing
6:38 $0.99
15. My Time to Fly
5:14 $0.99
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Album Notes
Bellevue Shuffle was in the works for almost ten years before recording even started. Beginning with the songs that didn't get on the first album, 'An Aging Sailor's Dream,' and including new material written since that album was released. It was decided to load the new CD with as much good material as would fit. Ultimately, it was to include only the best, with a few recordings held back for later development/release. It seems as if some artists offer only the minimum number of tunes to release on any given format, but that feels sort of stingy to this artist. Instead, Ranney offers a Cornucopia; a sort of 'Chinese Buffet,' but without the MSG bloat. "We only have so much time on this earth and this is the chance to seize the day." Ranney feels that if to wait to release half of what he has ready, he can't do the songs justice, and the people he wants to work with are here, now. So now is the time to act.
Each song on Bellevue Shuffle tells it's own story and can stand alone. At the same time, the collection weaves together themes and dreams that make up Ranney's life. Instead of loading it up with 'filler, ' Ranney chose each song for it's individual personality, and to invite the listener to settle in; take a little time away from the hustle and bustle of life, and tune into a little bit of the now!

Bellevue Shuffle: The sound track I hear walking down my street.
Prelude: Music Box in 'A': a tasty gem encapsulating an introduction to the following tune.
Curve Of Her Smile: A samba for Brazil
Blues For Pop: Circa 1986 - one of my first jazz compositions
Without You: After hearing the vocal melody in the music, my wife, Ellen Claire wrote a goodby to a dearly missed friend, Michael 'Noles' Noland
Antonio's Guitar: For Jobim
Walter, Donald & The Steely Sedan: A children's story set to music
Tom Waits for No One/Too Beat To Bop: inspired by the tune - Nighthawk Post Cards(From Easy Street)
Zephyr Hills: Our first house in Maplewood, MO
Island Breeze: 'My Island Breeze would come to me when I was out at sea, she'd be there waiting, somewhere in my dream'...sung to the intro flute melody.
Pay Off Kiss: My Grandfather, R G Ranney, sr, was stationed in England during WWI; Master Sargeant - Army Air Corp. This is his story.
All New Minor Swing: For Django, Stephane & David Grisman.
My Time To Fly: While dumpster diving behind a mid-town hotel in Vancouver, circa 1978, a manuscript was found containing an incomplete short story believed to be from the desk of William Gibson - 'Neuromancer.' This lyric is an adaptation.

Elliott Ranney is a singer/songwriter, composing jazz influenced music. Ranney performs at wineries, coffee houses and concert events in the Missouri-Illinois region. He is often joined by his talented wife, Ellen Claire-vocals and close friend, Pat Rodriguez – Latin percussion. Elliott and Pat co-founded their duo, Panacea in 1981 after meeting at their 10 year high school reunion – Kirkwood ’71.
What makes Ranney’s sound unique is his approach to performing finger-style on classical guitar. He began rudimentary finger picking, via a televised guitar course presented by a pre-PBS station in the early 1960’s. He also studied Paul Simon & Joni Mitchell and synched their folk/pop techniques into his early writing style. One of the most critical aspects of writing music is by listening and internalizing the music styles one wants to create. In doing so, Ranney has incorporated the subtle nuances of Bossa and Swing, composing works that stand confidently alongside well known jazz standards.
Elliott mixes cover tunes and originals into his stage show that allows for an eclectic song list arranged for his smooth laid back vocals and intricate guitar work. It is not a juke box offering, but material by well-known artists, not often heard, much less performed.

An Aging Sailor's Dream reviews:
by Renee Wood
St. Louis singer/songwriter Elliott Ranney’s music has a nice laid back Latin feel to it. His melodies carry strong echoes of the work by the great Brazilian master of the Bossa Nova, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and his vocals have the cool sweetness of Chet Baker’s singing.
Although his CD has a couple of instrumentals, most of the tunes are vocals. In all cases, Elliott’s acoustic guitar work is confident, expressive, and very tasty. Using block chords to play the melodies and single-string work for contrast, this is simply wonderful guitar playing.
One of the pleasures of listening to jazz, especially vocals, is hearing a song’s tune take you somewhere you weren’t expecting to go. Ranney is good at getting you there. This music is as sweet and cool as an evening breeze in the tropics and the warmth of Ranney’s clear mellow voice invites you to just sit back, relax and share the evening

Radio Mike & his Fevered Brain Review
Elliot Ranney is hard to describe. From the cover, you’d expect some pretty every day Folk music, but this is entirely different. We would call it Folk Jazz, since Elliott incorporated elements of both genres and does it well. Not surprisingly, his music is now appearing in a few indie films.

ISWM Indie pick of the month – A jazzy romp into peaceful nirvana. Elliott Ranney sets the scene for a blissful jaunt into a steady stream of mind-tingling tracks. Experimental musicianship gently brings the listener to a safe port of relaxation. Dreamy -



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