152

The Sardonics: The Sardonics EP

Todd S. Jenkins By

Sign in to view read count
I am evermore bummed that this is an EP instead of a full-length album. The Sardonics certainly know how to have fun while churning out high-quality jazz. The band formed in Sacramento, CA in the Fall of ’99, the members having worked together in several other area outfits. They’re one of the few jazz bands in town that make some joyful noise beyond the usual pop/hotel jazz. This disc blends soul, blues, funk and serious post-bop attitude with liberal sprinklings of wit and some delightful surprises.

All of the players are notably skilled and work together commendably. When tenor man Aaron Thurman isn’t bopping firmly in the pocket, he pokes well-intentioned fun at our expectations of saxophonists. Guitarist Ross Hammond uses a wealth of timbres to paint his soundscapes: a little bluesiness here, a little Wes tone there, a wee splat of avant. Bassist Aaron Weiss’ vamps and walking lines are tight and lively inside and out. He’s the oil that lubes the eight-cylinder engine of drummer Todd Temby (leader of local funk favorites Budj Beatkus). The four original tunes here, created by group effort, could hold their own against most anything on today’s mainstream jazz market. I'm told that the band recently added a rendition of John Coltrane's Mr. P.C> to newer editions of the EP, something I would love to hear them tackle.

To sum up, The Sardonics are one of the best up-and-coming bands I’ve heard this year, bar none. I steadfastly recommend this disc and look forward to more delights from them in the future.

(For more information about The Sardonics and this disc, please contact the band at Sardonic4tet@madmail.com.)


Track Listing: Scared Stiff; Ruby vs. Planet of the Apes; Nana

Personnel: Aaron Thurman, tenor sax; Ross Hammond, guitar; Aaron Weiss, bass; Todd Temby, drums.

| Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles

More Articles

Read June CD/LP/Track Review June
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 19, 2017
Read The Final Concert CD/LP/Track Review The Final Concert
by John Sharpe
Published: February 19, 2017
Read On Hollywood Boulevard CD/LP/Track Review On Hollywood Boulevard
by Budd Kopman
Published: February 19, 2017
Read Desire & Freedom CD/LP/Track Review Desire & Freedom
by Glenn Astarita
Published: February 19, 2017
Read The Motorman's Son CD/LP/Track Review The Motorman's Son
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 18, 2017
Read "Playgrounds" CD/LP/Track Review Playgrounds
by Ian Patterson
Published: February 10, 2017
Read "Lea Áigi" CD/LP/Track Review Lea Áigi
by Mark Sullivan
Published: December 23, 2016
Read "Espiritu Zombi" CD/LP/Track Review Espiritu Zombi
by Mark Corroto
Published: August 22, 2016
Read "Narrante" CD/LP/Track Review Narrante
by Mark Sullivan
Published: July 7, 2016
Read "Moments in Time" CD/LP/Track Review Moments in Time
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: July 7, 2016
Read "Bactrian" CD/LP/Track Review Bactrian
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 7, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!