Northern California's fun-loving jazz quartet emerge from their hole again with a full-length offering that's a real blast. The Sardonics come by their jazz sensibilities honestly, but they temper technique with a hearty sense of humor and a rejuvenating disregard for artsy pretension. Musicianship never takes a back seat to wit, though they might bicker over who gets to ride shotgun.
"Cookie Sticks" shows off the virtuosic face of the band, as the tenor and guitar roar through the quick bop melody. Aaron Weiss' electric bass is important to the mix here; he shows a facility for brisk neck-walking that many of today's electric players sorely lack. The next track is a loving homage to John Coltrane, with tenor man Aaron Thurman faithful to the legend's spirit without playing the copycat. The wackiness jumps out with the backwards intro on "What It Shall Be", a feature for guitarist Ross Hammond's conscientious comping skills. Drummer Todd Temby glues the whole popsicle-stick conglomerate together with his booty-tight rhythms.
Various other scents and colors are dripped in: happy funk on "Soul Soothing Sermon" (Weiss' double-stops are primo) and "A Baker's Dozen", cool-shaded strutting on "Driveway Ditty", and mutant Adderley soulfulness on "March of the Deformed". Things wind down with canine Homey barking the vocals on the short, sweet closer, a goofy wrapup of a great time. The Sardonics are mos' definitely a band to watch in the near future.
Track Listing: Cookie Sticks; From India With Love; What It Shall Be; Driveway Ditty; Soul Soothing Sermon; Submerged/Preston Brooks' Caning Rage; A Baker's Dozen; March of the Deformed; Homey In 3s...
Personnel: Aaron Thurman, tenor sax; Ross Hammond, guitar; Aaron Weiss, bass; Todd Temby, drums; Homey Temby, "vocals" on #10.
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. After going through Rock 'n Roll, the Beatles and Heavy Metal/Hard Rock phases over the next eight or so years, I finally bought my first jazz album; We're All Together Again for the First Time by Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan. I was hooked on jazz, and still am 40+ years later.
I moved from England to the USA in 2002, and founded the Brookfield Jazz Society in 2005.
I became editor of the quarterly IAJRC Journalin 2012. The magazine goes to the worldwide membership of the IAJRC (International Association of Jazz Record Collectors) and many major libraries and educational establishments around the world.
As well as being the editor of the IAJRC Journal, I write about jazz and review CDs, vinyl, DVDs and books on jazz.
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