Sonic Tonic [Bonus CD]

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Ron Blake is an excellent modern mainstream tenor saxophonist with a strong tone, a creative improvising style, and versatility. On this well-rounded CD, Blake digs into some of his best originals "Tom Blake" is particularly memorable, Johnny Griffin's catchy "Dance of Passion," a lyrical version of "The Windmills of Your Mind," and a beautiful reading of "Pure Imagination." The backing ranges from straight-ahead in a 1960s John Coltrane vein to the use of electronics to creative funk rhythms and touches of fusion. Much of the set could have been recorded during 1965-1975, but it is not predictable, it doesn't lose the listener's interest, and the musicianship is top-notch....
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Ron Blake is an excellent modern mainstream tenor saxophonist with a strong tone, a creative improvising style, and versatility. On this well-rounded CD, Blake digs into some of his best originals "Tom Blake" is particularly memorable, Johnny Griffin's catchy "Dance of Passion," a lyrical version of "The Windmills of Your Mind," and a beautiful reading of "Pure Imagination." The backing ranges from straight-ahead in a 1960s John Coltrane vein to the use of electronics to creative funk rhythms and touches of fusion. Much of the set could have been recorded during 1965-1975, but it is not predictable, it doesn't lose the listener's interest, and the musicianship is top-notch. While the regular CD has 11 selections, a second limited-edition CD has remixed versions of three of the songs, with "Tom Blake" and "Dance of Passion" being "re-imagined" twice. Listeners who feel that the original date does not sound complete without louder bass and drums, electronic rhythms, and odd sound effects may enjoy the second CD, but others may find this to be an odd waste, a case where more is less. However, Sonic Tonic is worth acquiring for the first disc.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/24/2005
  • Label: Mack Avenue
  • UPC: 673203102026
  • Catalog Number: 31020
  • Sales rank: 189,421

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Invocation (8:25)
  2. 2 Chasing the Sun (5:21)
  3. 3 Your Warm Embrace (1:51)
  4. 4 Dance of Passion (5:33)
  5. 5 The Windmills of Your Mind (6:06)
  6. 6 Shades of Brown (4:32)
  7. 7 Sonic Tonic (7:14)
  8. 8 Tom Blake (Revisited) (5:38)
  9. 9 Pure Imagination (4:44)
  10. 10 Pissarro's Floor (8:35)
  11. 11 Invocation (Dance of Fire) (8:05)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Dance of Passion (5:25)
  2. 2 Tom Blake (5:47)
  3. 3 Sonic Tonic (4:20)
  4. 4 Tom Blake (6:51)
  5. 5 Dance of Passion (8:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ron Blake Primary Artist, Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Vincent Chancey French Horn
Chris "Daddy" Dave Drums
Christian McBride Bass, Double Bass
Marcus Rojas Tuba
Reuben Rogers Acoustic Guitar, Electric Bass
Josh Roseman Trombone
David Gilmore Electric Guitar
Michael Cain Organ, Piano, Keyboards, fender rhodes
Pedro Martinez Conga
James Hurt Keyboards
Terreon Gully Drums
Sean Jones Flugelhorn
Gilmar Gomes Percussion
Chris Dave Drums
Technical Credits
Johnny Griffin Arranger, Composer
Alan Bergman Composer
Marilyn Bergman Composer
Ron Blake Composer
Greg Calbi Mastering
MeShell NdegeOcello Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes, Author, Audio Production
Ioannis Art Direction, Cover Art
DJ Spinna Composer, Producer
Osunlade Composer, Producer
Gretchen Carhartt Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Ari Raskin Engineer
Jahi Sundance Composer, Producer
Mike Wells Mastering
Carlos Mena Composer, Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Blake's new release is jazz at its best!

    Ron Blake’s “Sonic Tonic” is the most innovative and exceptional jazz release out right now. His unique fusion of r&b, funk and jazz with international sounds, really sets this album apart from traditional jazz albums. Part of the reason for this could be, is that it was produced by Me’Shell Ndegeocello, a very well-respected artist who has worked with everyone from Prince to the Rolling Stones, and grabbed nine Grammy nominations. You can definitely see Ndegeocello’s influence throughout the album, matching Blake’s killer saxophone with strong beats and exotic supporting instrumentation. Tracks like the mysterious “Dance of Passion” and the energy-charged “Chasing the Sun” are two of my favorites because of their pure excitement. For the more laidback listener there is the too cool “Shades of Brown,” and Willy Wonka inspired “Pure Imagination,” on which Blake plays with the theme from the classic film. The bonus disc of remixes is also amazing if you want to see jazz presented in a new and exciting form. No matter what your tastes, “Sonic Tonic” is a fun and stimulating album from start to finish, as well as a great example of the way the boundaries of traditional jazz can successfully be challenged.

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