Rachel Rodgers is a 13 year old jazz (and classical) flutist from the New York area.
Playing beyond her years, she\'s a swingin\' young cat. She plays with a joy that just pours out of her flute. Rachel\'s sound is who Rachel is: warm, and beautiful, and generous.
The legendary Latin jazz flutist Dave Valentin has compared her sound to a young Herbie Mann with it\'s full, upbeat tone.
This is Rachel\'s debut CD, recorded in New York City with jazz giant Ron Carter and his trio. Ron, in addition to being one of the greats, has played with all the greats - Miles, Herbie Hancock, Antonio Carlos Jobim, McCoy Tyner etc - and here he lays down the deep grooves that are his signature and drives the band forward.
Rounding out the session is pianist Stephen Scott, who contributes some dynamic soloing, and drummer Payton Crossley, whose attentive accompaniment and propulsive cymbal work shine.
The CD opens with Work Song, the Nat Adderly classic. The band hits the opening hard, and it\'s off swinging from there, Rachel building her solo with space until Stephen enters. It\'s finger poppin\' from start to finish.
Maiden Voyage is next - a Herbie Hancock tune. (Ron played on the original recording back in the 60\'s) The song gets a different treatment here - with two flutes taking over the melody line from the original sax and trumpet. The result is a soaring, haunting rendition. Rachel\'s solo is powerful, almost trumpet-like in its attack. And dig the out-of-nowhere jump into double time on Stephen\'s solo.
Summer after 7 is a Rachel original, basically a pretty vamp in C major. It\'s like a walk in the park, Ron\'s walking bass setting the tone throughout.
Somewhere is really just a jazz etude by Jim Snidero. It\'s presented here like a tart little sorbet between courses - short but sharp.
Moondance features the New York City based swing band The Subliminals - five women singers in the front line make a joyful sound as they harmonize through the chart. As in the original Moondance, flute is featured, and Rachel takes a bright and breezy solo.
One of Rachel\'s favorite songs is Sunlight, from singer/songwriter Jesse Colin Young. Here\'s it\'s sung beautifully by Broadway performer Lynn Robyn. It\'s a soulful call and response between vocals and flute, and features a slightly latin tinged solo that let\'s Rachel\'s flute soar.
Rounding out the CD is Mozart\'s Concerto No.2 in D major-Rachel highlighting her Classical chops. You can really hear the breath control and fingering required to play such a piece. Amy Kilroy accompanies on piano.
Rachel has performed live at many venues, including Club Groove in New York City, the Gibson Guitar stage in Nashville, and at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, where she performed with The Subliminals.
Summer After 7 catches her early in her musical journey. Join her on this exciting trip.