Sonic Tonic CD (2005)

Artist: Ron Blake

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Blake's new release is jazz at its best!

on 7/25/2005

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. Read More

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Product Overview

Specifications

Label Mack Avenue/red
SKU 63980388
UPC 673203102026
UPC 14 00673203102026
Format CD
Release Date 5/24/2005
Links
Author Ron Blake
Compilation Appearance Conversations With Christian
Compilation Appearance Legends & Lions: Swoonin
Compilation Appearance Legends & Lions: Swingin
Technical Info
Engineer Ari Raskin; Ari Raskin
Producer Me'Shell NdegeOcello; DJ Spinna; Jahi Sundance; Osunlade; Carlos Mena; Me'Shell NdegeOcello
CatalogID MAC 1020
Lable Name Mack Avenue
Released 05/02/2005
Original Release 2005
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Length 96m : 33s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00673203102026
Album Notes and Credits
Initial pressings include a limited edition bonus remix CD.
Personnel: Ron Blake (flute, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Reuben Rogers (acoustic guitar, electric bass); James Hurt (keyboards); Christian McBride (double bass); Chris "Daddy" Dave, Chris Dave (drums); Gilmar Gomes (percussion); David Gilmore (electric guitar); Sean Jones (flugelhorn); Vincent Chancey (French horn); Josh Roseman (trombone); Marcus Rojas (tuba); Michael Cain (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, organ, keyboards); Terreon Gully (drums); Pedro Martinez (congas).
Audio Mixer: Ari Raskin.
Liner Note Authors: Meshell Ndegeocello; Gretchen Carhartt.
Recording information: Chung King Studios, New York, NY (08/2004); Skip Saylor Sound (08/2004).
Author: Meshell Ndegeocello.
Photographer: Mark Seliger.
Arrangers: Meshell Ndegeocello; Johnny Griffin.
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. ~ Scott Yanow
Disc 1
1 Invocation,Dance of Passion - (Casamena RMX mix, Casamena remix)
2 Chasing The Sun,Tom Blake - (SJ Spinna Free Radikalz Remix, DJ Spinna Free Radikalz remix)
3 Your Warm Embrace,Sonic Tonic - (Sonic Dub Tonic mix, Sonic Dub Tonic remix)
4 Dance Of Passion,Tom Blake - (Yoruba Soul Samba mix)
5 Windmills Of Your Mind, The,Dance Of Passion - (Brother & Sister Forever mix)
6 Shades Of Brown
7 Sonic Tonic
8 Tom Blake (Revisited)
9 Pure Imagination
10 Pissarro's Floor
11 Invocation (Dance Of Fire) - (bonus track)
Disc 2
1 Invocation,Dance of Passion - (Casamena RMX mix, Casamena remix)
2 Chasing The Sun,Tom Blake - (SJ Spinna Free Radikalz Remix, DJ Spinna Free Radikalz remix)
3 Your Warm Embrace,Sonic Tonic - (Sonic Dub Tonic mix, Sonic Dub Tonic remix)
4 Dance Of Passion,Tom Blake - (Yoruba Soul Samba mix)
5 Windmills Of Your Mind, The,Dance Of Passion - (Brother & Sister Forever mix)
6 Shades Of Brown
7 Sonic Tonic
8 Tom Blake (Revisited)
9 Pure Imagination
10 Pissarro's Floor
11 Invocation (Dance Of Fire) - (bonus track)
Product Attributes
Artist Blake,Ron
Label Mack Avenue Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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