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Time of Calling

by Tonal Vision

A blend of folk, funk, jazz, bluegrass, and rock. Add pop sensibilities to the band's bag of tricks, as they've packaged their guitar and mandolin chops into catchy, well-crafted songs.
Genre: Country: Bluegrass
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Good Intentions
4:38 $0.99
2. Blade of Grass
4:59 $0.99
3. All the Time
4:23 $0.99
4. Prelude to a Fox
2:13 $0.99
5. Need to Know
4:39 $0.99
6. Jabula
6:16 $0.99
7. Slap Me Five
5:28 $0.99
8. Solstice
5:24 $0.99
9. Funky Stuff
5:41 $0.99
10. Asleep or Awake
4:03 $0.99
11. Falling Upward
4:14 $0.99
12. Razzy Brown
3:03 $0.99
13. Time of Calling
4:49 $0.99
14. Grand Scheme
3:46 $0.99
15. S.K.W.S.W.
7:40 $0.99
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Album Notes
Tonal Vision was formed in the summer of 1997 when Jason Bailey, Jeremy Burns, Kristian Cowart, and Colin Soniat were taking the same music theory class at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. The foursome decided to form a combo initially to play jazz-influenced rock, folk, and bluegrass music that they all enjoyed in common. The band later added Casey Morton as a permanent percussionist, allowing Colin to concentrate on guitar.

The band is at its best onstage, where they are equally comfortable playing acoustic sets (featuring folk and bluegrass compositions) and electric sets (which are full-on freak-outs of funk, jazz fusion, and rock). But characterizing the band as a "jam band" is a misnomer. The band's "jams" are intricate compositions, which reflects the years the members have spent studying music theory and composition.

Tonal Vision's self-released debut, Odd Times, was recorded at Mix Masters Studios in Cullman, Alabama, with Wayne Reynolds behind the board, and released in the spring of 2000. The record captures a glimpse of the blend of jazz, funk, folk, and rock that make up the band's mult-faceted, hard-to-compartmentalize sound.

Time of Calling, the follow-up to Odd Times, was released in December 2001, and depicts a band that continues to grow. Tonal Vision continues to display all of the same guitar and mandolin chops for which it has become known, and has injected additional pop sensibilities to its stew of talents. The record was recorded at Audio State 55 in Birmingham, Alabama.



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I think this is a band with a lot of potential. The musicianship is outstanding, and all the more interesting for their choices of instruments. However, the lyrics and singing never really finished off the potential. No offense, but I would go more in a jazz vocal direction with a distinctive voice. There are a couple of songs on the disc, however, that are just excellent.