Terry Rappold | New Orleans Whisouling

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New Orleans Whisouling

by Terry Rappold

Professional melodic whistling like you've never heard before. Dixieland jazz, big band and soulful mix.
Genre: Jazz: Dixieland
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Star Spangled Banner
1:25 album only
2. Sweet Georgia Brown
4:28 album only
3. All Of Me
3:12 album only
4. Exodus
2:55 album only
5. Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans
4:05 album only
6. Harlem Nocturne
6:08 album only
7. Such A Night
4:54 album only
8. When The Saints Go Marching In
3:34 album only
9. St James Infirmary
4:04 album only
10. Just A Closer Walk With Thee
4:31 album only
11. Ave Maria
4:33 album only
12. Unchained Melody
3:04 album only


Album Notes
My journey into the wonderful world of whistling began around the age of 5. I whistled incessantly according to my six siblings. My first public appearance was near that age in 1956 when I whistled for pennies (may have gotten a nickel once) on the streets of New Orleans.
In 2001 I began to seriously develop this non-mainstream art to the professional level it is today.
I have a theory about whistling. Whistling, like all other forms of music, is an expression of the individual. However, whistling does not have the advantage of utilizing words to convey the message or emotion of the piece. Performers who whistle have to dig deep within themselves to bring forth the emotion the song is portraying. As such, whistling as a musical art is a deep expression of the soul which resonates with the audience. Melodic Whistling is, in general, an uplifting emotional experience for the listener. I am pleased to be able to offer you that experience. ENJOY



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Francesco Bonifazi

Terry looks like a hit-man on the cover standing under a Bourbon St. sign post…”don’t mess with me” is the image, but the music shows a softer side of Terry.

Terry has obviously put a ton of work into assembling excellent accompaniment for his fine whistling. The arrangements are quite involved and Terry gets to strut his world-champion lips as he hits all the changes perfectly (changing keys etc.). You can tell Terry’s New Orleans influence in this music, so the title is a perfect one. The liner-notes talk about him being a southern boy and that the music reflects the Katrina episode in the region’s life.

The pieces that really stand out to me are the ones where whistling is NOT the focus – at least in the beginning. These include two of the three vocal tracks – Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans, Ave Maria, Such a Night. Terry shows extremely good taste and restraint on first two of these by not to try to whistle too much. He’s showing his instrument as a compliment to the total music production in these pieces.

John Parker sings an emotional DYKWIMTMNO, and Terry does super job of weaving in and out behind him, doing harmonies and counter point, and then a nice solo. This takes much more than knowing how to whistle – it takes musical sense and taste.

Ave Maria is the star of the CD in my opinion though (who would have thought The Jazz Whistler would say that). This is music that pulls on your heart-strings…I felt my eyes welling up a bit. Terry’s daughter Shauna has a beautiful voice and Terry again does a great job of not demanding to be “top-dog.” What a special thing to do music of this caliber with an off-spring…we should all be so lucky.

Of the instrumental pieces, Harlem Nocture is my favorite. It’s very haunting and the arrangement is quite involved. Terry uses his whistling to give the music an even more mysterious feeling. He doesn’t even come in until 2:18…most of us ego-driven whistlers wouldn’t hear of this. Using a live pianist makes it even more special. I’m listening to it now and I’ve got goose-bumps. Terry’s long sustained notes with just enough vibrato are well done during his solo and when the two come together in unison at the end. What’ cool about his whistling here is that it’s so nature and he’s whistling very delicately –even on the high notes which is very difficult to do.

While there are tracks that are not “my cup of tea”, that’s my problem. Exodus and Unchained Melody are a bit over the top for me. This CD expresses who Terry is, and he’s a complex dude. From music using a washboard (Such a Night), to the classical Ave Maria, the span of genres and styles is quite broad. Everyone should be able to find something they’ll enjoy.

Francesco – The Jazz Whistler