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by Ron Sunshine

Swinging Jazz, Rocking R&B and Funky Blues all come together on Ron Sunshine's 5th CD, which features 9 new originals, a few choice covers (Natural Man), and special guest trombonist Wycliffe Gordon. Plus the great new marijuana song, "Coffee & Reefer."
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Freeze On Me
3:45 $0.99
2. Coffee and Reefer
3:38 $0.99
3. Little Bit Shy
3:03 $0.99
4. Tumblin' Down
5:09 $0.99
5. Human Blues
4:15 $0.99
6. Still Too Late
4:22 $0.99
7. Natural Man
5:44 $0.99
8. Tore Up (From the Floor Up)
5:30 $0.99
9. Wasted
3:43 $0.99
10. Nobody But Me
4:25 $0.99
11. So In Love
3:45 $0.99
12. Please Send Me Someone to Love
4:24 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
"Ron Sunshine is one of the very few cats out there who sings the blues in a way that does not compromise the integrity of the source from which it comes. As he is a serious student of the 'old masters,' his commitment to their legacy remains sincere and undimmed.

So the Swing scene has come and gone once again, and this week it's 'the blues' that are the music industry buzzwords, conferring an instant cachet of cool authenticity. In both cases, Ron was there before everybody else. So when the hype-meisters finally get tired and the faddish move on to something "new," Ron Sunshine will still be here making great music that candidly speaks to us, about ourselves."

Aaron Luis Levinson
(Grammy-winnning producer and record executive)
"He's got all the right ideas, and he should be selling them to the American people."

--Lester Grinspoon, Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, author of "Marihuana, the Forbidden Medicine" (upon listening to 'Coffee & Reefer' 10/14/03)
From the November 2003 issue of Big Takeover Magazine:

Ron Sunshine
Deluxe (Golden Bug)
Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter/harmonica hotshot Sunshine's focus here is the sophisticated black pop that flourished in the late 1950s and early '60s. The covers offer good reference points for the territory: the Lou Rawls hit "Natural Man," penned by the great Bobby Hebb ("Sunny"), on which the band really cooks, and Percy Mayfield's "Please Send Me Someone to Love," complete with strings-and-horns arrangement by trumpeter Tim Ouimette, a key player on this disc along with longtime Sunshine collaborator/tenor saxophonist Craig Dreyer, who co-wrote many tracks. As cool as those covers are, the originals are just as good; Sunshine is a fine songwriter. "Coffee and Reefer" is a humorous yet realistic recommendation for a well-balanced lifestyle. "Tumblin' Down" is an excellent minor-key lament, and "Still Too Late" is a perfect ballad of longing. "Tore Up" ("from the floor up") is an urgent uptempo blues romp (with a great double-time rideout) on which Dreyer's hot, direct solo recalls Illinois Jacquet and Jimmy Forrest. This is not so much retro as a continuation of a timeless style that never completely disappeared from the cool lounges and
nightclubs of America, however distant from the current pop charts these sounds may be. ( -Steve Holtje

Executive Producers: Jason Salzman and Anne Button; Ruby and Gerson Barter
Recorded at Dubway Studios, NYC on January 9, 2003. Additional recording done at Mighty Toad, No Comment, Valhalla Sound, and Luna Park Music.
Engineers: Emanuel Kiriakou, Craig Dreyer, Ron Sunshine, Tony Viscardo, Jim Gately.
"Natural Man" basic tracks engineered by Bil Emmons at Studio 900, NYC
Assistant Engineer at Dubway: Mike Presta
*Mixed by Jim Gately at Valhalla Sound Studios, New York, NY
+Mixed by Craig Dreyer & Ron Sunshine at Mighty Toad, Pawling, NY
Mastered at Turtle Tone Studios by Mike Fossenkemper

+Freeze on Me-Jason Pharr-drums, Jim Greene-upright bass, Rick Germanson-piano, Dan Hovey-guitar, Ben Stivers-Hammond B3 organ, Wycliffe Gordon-trombone, Craig Dreyer-tenor sax, Ron Sunshine- vocals and harmonica.

+Coffee & Reefer- Jason Pharr-drums, Jim Greene-upright bass, Rick Germanson-piano, Dan Hovey-guitar, Doug Petty-Hammond B3 organ, Wycliffe Gordon-trombone, running commentary, Dawn Hampton-whistle solo, Craig Dreyer-tenor sax, left field vocals, Ron Sunshine-vocals and harmonica.

*Little Bit Shy-- Jason Pharr-drums, Andy Hess-electric bass, Rick Germanson-piano, Al Street-guitar, Ben Stivers-Hammond B3 organ, Tim Ouimette-trumpet and flüglehorn, Rick Kriska-baritone sax, Nate Mayland-trombone, Susan Didrichsen-background vocals, Queen Esther-background vocals, Craig Dreyer-tenor sax, sax solo, Ron Sunshine-vocals and tambourine. Horns arranged by Craig Dreyer and Tim Ouimette.

*Tumblin' Down-- Jason Pharr-drums, Rick Germanson-Fender Rhodes electric piano, Al Street-guitar, Ben Stivers-Hammond B3 organ, Tim Ouimette-trumpet and flüglehorn, Rick Kriska-baritone sax, Nate Mayland-trombone, Renato Thoms-congas, Craig Dreyer-tenor sax, Ron Sunshine-vocals. Horns arranged by Tim Ouimette and Craig Dreyer.

+Human Blues-- Jason Pharr-drums, Andy Hess-electric bass, Al Street-guitar, Ben Stivers-Hammond B3 organ, Doug Petty-Fender Rhodes, Wycliffe Gordon-trombone, Renato Thoms-congas, Craig Dreyer-tenor sax and background vocals, Ron Sunshine- lead and background vocals and harmonica.

*Still Too Late-- Jason Pharr-drums, Jim Greene-upright bass, Rick Germanson-piano, Dan Hovey-acoustic guitar, Susan Didrichsen-background vocals, Queen Esther-background vocals, Ron Sunshine-lead vocal.

+Natural Man-James Wormworth IV-drums & background vocals, Jim Greene-bass, Paul Tillotson-piano, Dan Hovey guitar, Craig Dreyer-tenor sax, Hammond B3 organ & background vocals, hand claps, Tim Ouimette-trumpet, Ron Sunshine-lead & background vocals, 2x4's & tambourine. Horns arranged by Craig Dreyer & Tim Ouimette.

+Tore Up-- Jason Pharr-drums, Jim Greene-upright bass, Matt Ray-piano, Dan Hovey-guitar, Ben Stivers-Hammond B3 organ, Tim Ouimette-trumpet and flüglehorn, Rick Kriska-baritone sax, Nate Mayland-trombone, Paul Frazier-background vocals, Craig Dreyer-tenor sax, background vocals, Ron Sunshine-vocals and harmonica. Horns arranged by Craig Dreyer.

+Wasted-- Jason Pharr-drums, Jim Greene-upright bass, Rick Germanson-piano, Al Street- electric and acoustic guitars, Emanuel Kiriakou-acoustic guitar, Ben Stivers-Hammond B3 organ, Paul Frazier-background vocals, Craig Dreyer-tenor sax, Ron Sunshine-lead and background vocals and harmonica. Arranged by Rick Germanson and Craig Dreyer.

+Nobody But Me-- Jason Pharr-drums, Jim Greene-upright bass, Matt Ray-piano, Ben Stivers-Hammond B3 organ, Wycliffe Gordon-trombone, Craig Dreyer-tenor sax, Ron Sunshine-vocals and harmonica.

*So In Love-- Jason Pharr-drums, Jim Greene-upright bass, Rick Germanson-piano, Al Street- guitars, Doug Petty-Hammond B3 organ and Fender Rhodes, Paul Frazier-background vocals, Renato Thoms-congas, Craig Dreyer- background vocals, Ron Sunshine-lead and background vocals, harmonica, tambourine.

*Please Send Me Someone to Love...-- Jason Pharr-drums, Jim Greene-upright bass, Matt Ray-piano, Mairi Dorman-cellos, Cornelius Dufallo-1st violins, Ilana Thomas-2nd violins, Eric Hammelman-violas, Tim Ouimette-trumpet and flüglehorn, Alan Ferber-trombone and bass trombone, Ron Sunshine-vocals and harmonica. Strings and horns arranged by Tim Ouimette.



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Peter Korn

Another Great CD by Ron Sunshine
As a longtime Ron Sunshine fan, I think this is his most diverse, complete, polished album to date. Blending elements of Blues, jazz, big band and swing this has something for everyone. The common denominators between all the material is great arrangement, Ron's soulful voice and excellent musicanship. I recommend this CD...Big Time!

Swing Music fan from NYC

Very Bluesy, and very good.
If you are expecting a swing CD, you are going to be surprised. Although there are a few songs on here that could be described as "swing," the majority of the songs are more in the jazzy blues and R&B vein. BUT, they are all danceable. Especially Ron's great version of "Natural Man, which we NYC dancers have been waiting for forever. So glad I finally have my own copy! The new original songs are great. The band is tight, and Ron's voice and harmonica are both stellar. I highly recommend the whole CD for listening and for dancing.

Viper Jim

Coffee and Reefer!
Coffee and Reefer.
You HAVE to have it.

Greg Avakian

Party music/dance music: a great house-rockin' blues CD!
Ron Sunshine has done it again. If you're a fan you will love this CD which totally delivers the goods -Sunshine style. If you don't know Ron Sunshine's music, whether you like Blues, Funk or Rock with a swinging back beat, you're going to be happy.
Current favorites are
"Natural man", "Tumbling down" and "Coffee and reefer"


Coffee And Reefer Makes Me Feel Alright!
We first saw Ron Sunshine while channel surfing on a lazy afternoon. He was on a PBS-type show and began talking about this album. He pulled out his harmonica and began singing about coffee and reefer...We were hooked! We finally bought 2 CDs of Ron's and plan to aquire more. Definately one of the best CDs in our collection!

Rik Panganiban

I've been waiting for this new CD of Ron Sunshine's for seemingly years, so it was great to finally get this baby in my hands last week. I've enjoyed Ron's live performances, but its great having a high-quality studio production that I can play over and over. "Natural Man" and "Coffee and Reefer" are worth the price alone, but the other tracks are great as well. Highly recommended.


My 1st Ron Sunshine CD as well. Love it! Hard to categorize. Blues? Swing? Jazz? R&B? All of the above? All I know is, Ron's coming to my town Nov. 18th and I can't wait!

Lady Lillian

Hard to find real music any more, Ron is making it real.
I saw Ron Sunshine on the Steve Audobato show a few months ago. I was relieved to see someone who is making real music in this time of lousey fake musicians making mainstream. Keep making the real thing. Loving it in South Jersey. You would be perfect at the House of Blues in the Showboat, Atlantic City.

South of Mainstream

The best CD I've heard in the last year!
All I can say is Wow! This is probably the best CD I’ve heard in the last year! If you like jazz, blues funk and a good time, this is the CD for you.

I am honored to be the one reviewing this disc. The recording quality is just the best. The musicianship is unparalleled and the song writing and arranging is the greatest!

I have no complaints about this disc and if you read my reviews at all you know how rare that is. The lyrics are very clever, fun and the most original I’ve ever heard. I find my self wishing that I’d written them.

This is my new favorite CD. It is inspiring me to do better work my self.

As a music industry pro, I am so jaded that most music doesn’t capture my attention. It is not because I don’t like music, but rather because my job is to basically pick music apart and make it better. That’s how I make a living as a producer and sound engineer. But, oh man! I just love this disc.

I have opened up for several famous artists and played on some big recordings and I grew up in a family that was very politically active. Often times I have been in the company of world leaders, so for me to want a musical artist's autograph is, well...amazing. But Ron Sunshine has made me a fan in minutes and I wouldn’t mind having that autograph or even better to jam with his band.

I say all of this to say that his music impressed, moved and entertained me like few CD’s do. I wish I could give these guys more than 5 out of 5, but, I can’t since five is our highest of highs.

You should really check these guys out. Every one in the band has performed with some high profile artists and there is even a Grammy winner in the group. Okay. I’ll shut up now if I keep going it will be embarrassing to me, South of Mainstream and Ron Sunshine.

Let me just say one more thing. This CD is worth buying just to hear a song titled 'Coffee & Reefer.' I think that any one that has the imagination to write a song with that title should be listened to.

George Righter (yes it's my real name)

Excellent, refreshing
Every tune on this CD flourishes. I hear some bits of everything in here, but the swing is what made me buy this. I hope to cover a couple of these tunes, and I'm certain they will go over well. I am glad I came across the cable show that hosted Ron--otherwise I would not have been introduced to this. Great stuff!
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