Whiteside is not just a flutist. Her absolute and impressive
command of the instrument is controlled by the powerfulness
and superabundance of her soul. Her soul power is reflected
in her expressiveness.
Treblemaker (2017) is her fourth album after
Class Axe (2007), Evolve (2012) and
Quantum Drive (2014).
When you measure the importance of an album to the names of
the musicians involved, this one can be classified very high
on the musical scale. Keyboardists Bob Baldwin,
Phil Casagrande and Dennis Johnson, saxophonists Kim
Marion Meadows and
Travis Kimber, guitarist Derek Scott, drummers Richard
Jorel “JFly” Flynn, trumpet players Tom Browne and Nelson
Render, trombonist Marvin Pryor, bassist Ron Jenkins,
vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Frank McComb and vocalist
May Rose are guests on selected tracks.
On Corey's Bop Ragan Whiteside bangs out with flair
making her flute to the ultimate carrier of emotions
serving positive mood to audience worldwide. With the
introduction by her child Corey Ragan takes the liberty to
allow a personal note to flow into the album.
With Early Arrival featuring prominent saxophonist
Kim Waters Ragan
anew the feel good power button. The combination of a
prolific artist with that jubilating instrument makes it
very easy to follow this attitude. By the Moonlight
shines with a sublime nurturing to the soul. With a rather
short sonic motif Ragan creates a mysterious atmosphere that
is skillfully evoked with precise flute tones.
The Sun Came Up is a moment of rare natural beauty.
Keyboardists Bob Baldwin and Dennis Johnson lay down a
harmonic sound tapestry on which Ragan celebrates the tonal
splendor of her instrument. The flowing melody is refined by
decent overdubs and elaborate decorations in an elegance of
unspoiled nature. On Let’s Do This the two nuclei
Ragan Whiteside and Tom Brown on muted trumpet to an
elemental fusion of Latin jazz.
Ragan is not only a blessed jazz flutist but also an
expressive vocalist, we can experience on I Never Told
You. The title Flute Funk is somehow
misleading. Ragan and Frank McComb create together magic
with the spot on Brazilian swing in the style of Antônio
Carlos Jobim. Especially when Frank and May Rose wave in
that typical sing sang that is very close to the legendary
When it comes to atmosphere, saxophonist Marion Meadows is a
good address. Ragan and Marion show the full scale of their
prowess on Love Song.
A true master in every sense of the word when flute is the
chosen instrument, Ragan excels on Mystic Vibration
together with keyboard legend Phil Casagrande, whose solo is
regrettably short. See you at the Get Down is the
great final with a big brass section of
Travis Kimber (sax), Marvin Pryor (trombone) and Nelson Render
(trumpet) called the PR Experience.
Merriam-Webster describes "Treble" as the highest voice part
in harmonic music. Ragan has entitled her album
Treblemaker claiming the honorable position of the
upper half of the whole vocal or instrumental tonal range.
With her instrument in the mouth and the impish grin she
also plays ironically with the role of a troublemaker. Both
stands well to her face. Fresh wind for the genre.