Take the A-Train to those thrilling days of yesteryear when music warranted respect and the artists were craft driven, rather than some of those who are economically. It was an innocent time with not so innocent side roads, but one thing was blatantly clear, the entertainment value was serious business.... From the lyrics to performance the 40s and 50s set the foundation for entertainment and with bands like the Manhattan Transfer, the tunes and times of a era forgotten were brought back from the vaults of our memory.
Welcome Tonic with their new release Vintage Vocals, a 2005 ball of fire set forth by SKM Creative Inc. This offering is pure roller coaster thrills, just a very cool audio ride!
Paul Langford, Karen Multer, Jennifer Chada, and Steve Multer in combination drive the songs of the past in all directions with a harmonizing technique that just is so smooth. This is not your typical "snake oil" production. Vintage Vocals is just the Tonic to bring your blood to fever levels....
Pay close attention to the vocal arrangements by Karen Multer and Paul Langford. Very precise and upfront in they’re effort to entertain with quality.
Along with Gershwin, Mercer, and Carmichael classics, the unique factor that separates this recording from other similar attempts is that Tonic delivers originals in that vintage style. Tonic dares with success to tackle the style once adorning every lounge and ballroom under the lights and dim-lit alleys. Crisp lyrics as in "Smoke Rings" and hot rich arrangements as in "Hepster’s Jive" allow the listener to very easily associate Tonic with the classics....
With vintage Mickey Spillane mystery overtones "Sammy Slick" is a blistering piece of composition splendor. With a Silvertone-esque radio broadcast climate the spoken intro is daring and gutsy however works so well with the arrangement.
Ms. Chada puts forth an emotional ballad in her effort on "Cloudy Memories" as the lyrics clearly take one on that common search for true love with a very uncommon vocal style. That style along with the musical arrangement makes this one heavy over-spun cut on the disc.
Tonic is just the medicine for all those jazz fanatics who search for the style once adorning every marquee. I recommend the spin highly and anticipate a new journey very soon from these four refreshing entertainers. Keep-em tuned!