Sonic Tonic [Bonus CD]

Sonic Tonic [Bonus CD]

by Ron Blake
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Sonic Tonic [Bonus CD]

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/24/2005
Label: Mack Avenue
UPC: 0673203102026
catalogNumber: 31020
Rank: 282348

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
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
Carlos Mena   Composer,Producer

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Sonic Tonic [Bonus CD] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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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.