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Sonic Tonic (2005)

Artist: Ron Blake
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Format: CD
Sku: 63980388
UPC: 673203102026
UPC 14: 00673203102026
Release Date: 5/24/2005
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Invocation ~ Ron Blake (Sax)
2. Chasing The Sun ~ Ron Blake (Sax)
3. Your Warm Embrace ~ Ron Blake (Sax)
4. Dance Of Passion ~ Ron Blake (Sax)
5. Windmills Of Your Mind, The ~ Ron Blake (Sax)
6. Shades Of Brown ~ Ron Blake (Sax)
7. Sonic Tonic ~ Ron Blake (Sax)
8. Tom Blake (Revisited) ~ Ron Blake (Sax)
9. Pure Imagination ~ Ron Blake (Sax)
10. Pissarro's Floor ~ Ron Blake (Sax)
11. Invocation (Dance Of Fire) - (bonus track) ~ Ron Blake (Sax)
Disc 2
Song Title
1. Dance of Passion - (Casamena RMX mix, Casamena remix) ~ Ron Blake (Sax)
2. Tom Blake - (SJ Spinna Free Radikalz Remix, DJ Spinna Free Radikalz remix) ~ Ron Blake (Sax)
3. Sonic Tonic - (Sonic Dub Tonic mix, Sonic Dub Tonic remix) ~ Ron Blake (Sax)
4. Tom Blake - (Yoruba Soul Samba mix) ~ Ron Blake (Sax)
5. Dance Of Passion - (Brother & Sister Forever mix) ~ Ron Blake (Sax)

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Initial pressings include a limited edition bonus remix CD.
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Ari Raskin.
Muze PNote Liner Note Authors: Meshell Ndegeocello; Gretchen Carhartt.
Muze PNote Recording information: Chung King Studios, New York, NY (08/2004); Skip Saylor Sound (08/2004).
Muze PNote Author: Meshell Ndegeocello.
Muze PNote Photographer: Mark Seliger.
Muze PNote Arrangers: Meshell Ndegeocello; Johnny Griffin.
Muze PNote 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

Producer: Me'Shell NdegeOcello; DJ Spinna; Jahi Sundance; Osunlade; Carlos Mena; Me'Shell NdegeOcello

Engineer: Ari Raskin; Ari Raskin

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Conversations With Christian

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 05/02/2005
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2005
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : MAC 1020
Music Label Name Label : Mack Avenue
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 2
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00673203102026

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Blake,Ron
Product attributeLabel:   Mack Avenue Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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