October 21, 2021

SONG REVIEW 🎵📝 Elder Randall Ogans - Pass Me Not

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Elder Randall Ogans - Pass Me Not
Christian/Gospel, Jazz, R&B
California, United States

Overall Impression: Brimming with a tremendous sense of melody and managing to effortlessly weave the styles of soul, jazz, and gospel together with both great flair and grace, "Pass Me Not" is the melodically adventurous and harmonically fascinating new single by dynamic father-son duo, Elder Randall Ogans Sr and Dorian Ogans and is based on the classic hymn of the same name. This is a dazzling reinterpretation that is filled with marvelous performances and a great deal of musical maturity that is a pleasure to listen to from start to finish. Marvelous work!

Strongest Point(s): It's safe to say that the performances from both Elder Randall Ogans Sr and Dorian Ogans are nothing short of excellent, both handling organ and guitar duties respectively. The Hammond organ adds a great deal to the overall texture of the track and beautifully outlines the underlying harmony with a great sense of style and refinement whilst Dorian dazzles with a distinctly high level of guitar virtuosity, adding a great number of melodic embellishments over the wholly engaging chord progressions with panache. It's great to hear a father and son make music together, and you can really tell there's a great deal of respect between these two accomplished musicians, and it makes the performance feel that bit more natural and character-driven. The arrangement flows exceptionally well and being instrumental with no vocals for listeners to connect with, it's imperative that the listener is kept continually invested through means of melodic and rhythmic variation, and I'm glad to say that this is certainly the case with "Pass Me Not". The organic flow of the arrangement results in a feeling of seamlessness between the track's various sections, and this culminates in a listening experience that is filled with a great deal of diversity to keep listeners engaged throughout.

Target Audience Appeal: Fans of jazz-tinted soul and gospel will love what "Pass Me Not" has to offer.

Artist target suggestions: Jonny & The Jazzuits, Marius Billgobenson, Bobby McFerrin, Marvin Sapp, Fred Hammond, Paul Nelson, Jack Jezzro, Kirk Whalum, Ben Tankard, Bart Milliard, Michelle David & The Gospel Sessions, Lance Bryant

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About the Reviewer:
Andre Avanessian is a freelance session musician, composer, and sound engineer based in the U.K. Having studied music production and composition at a degree level, he has taken his passion for all things audio-related to a level that has allowed him to become both a competent musician and performer. Being a self-confessed "Guitar Nerd" Andre has been continually studying the guitar, as well as teaching it, helping students both learn the instrument, develop their songwriting, and how to become proficient in home recording.