Ron Blake: Shades of Brown
Shades of Brown
Ron Blake (tenor sax)
Sonic Tonic (Mac Records MAC 1020)
Ron Blake (tenor sax),
Josh Roseman (trombone), Michael Cain (piano, keyboards), Christian McBride (bass), Terreon Gully (drums).
Composed by Ron Blake.
Recorded: New York, August 2004
Rating: 85/100 (learn more)
Ron Blake is a featured artist on several recordings by other musicians because of his fiery and inspired playing. On this outing as a leader he shows his ability to compose, lead and play with distinction. Backed by the solid rhythm section of bassist McBride and drummer Gully, Blake's memorable riff-inspired tune develops nicely through its changes while never letting the theme leave the listener's ear. Roseman's tasteful trombone and Cain's astute comping are particularly effective in giving this song a dreamy, sauntering quality. Blake for his part imparts a smoothly executed and measured solo that simmers while never really coming to a boil, a bit anticlimactic since it seems like the perfect setting for him to wail. The song nonetheless works nicely as a sum of its parts.
Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello