SCOTT RAMMINGER – “RISE UP”
Nashville-based Scott Ramminger opted for a simpler instrumental approach for his latest album and the results are highly appealing. The focus is on his impressive vocals and tenor sax work, as he wends his way through spellbinding blues, R&B, jazz and funk-flavored tunes.
“Thinking About You,” a pleasing blues shuffle kicks things off amiably. “88 Reasons” is reminiscent of vintage Randy Newman. “Daisy” is a breezy delight. There’s a light swing feel to “The Feeling When I’m Falling.” The rousing title track, “Rise Up,” rails against politicians and the other ills of our day, such as synagogues getting vandalized and immigrants being vilified. “All Done” is a winning closer, projecting a bit of a Van Morrison vibe.
Ramminger gets outstanding support from Wes Lanich on piano and Hammond B3; Shane Theriot on guitar; Paul Langosch on upright bass; and Emre Kartari on drums. But what makes the album memorable are Ramminger’s strong songwriting skills, his tasty sax passages and his earthy vocals, which have just the right amount of grit.