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Dinosaur Bones

by Sounding Rick

Sounding Rick's finest album yet inlcudes 13 tracks that fuse rock with world, jazz, soul, reggae and even psychedelic feel. An absolute triumph!
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1. Tuesday Morning
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2. Black & White
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3. Dinosaur Bones
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4. 5 Body Blade
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5. The Weather
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6. Politician
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7. The Stranger
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8. Here We Go Again
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9. Media Mania
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10. You Asked
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11. I Say So
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12. Piano Song
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13. Mission Control
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
It seems that every great artist has an album that represents a pinnacle as they grow through their creative process. For the Beatles it was “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band”. For the Beach Boys it was “Pet Sounds”. For Pink Floyd it was “Dark Side of the Moon”. For Sounding Rick that pinnacle is “Dinosaur Bones”.

One thing I like about Ricks music is that it’s always fresh and full of surprises. He doesn’t seem to follow a cookie cutter formula and on this album’s 13 tracks, he explores styles as varied as American rock to jazz to funk to world music and more!

Unlike his 2009 release “Blabbermouth” where Rick employed a host of background singers and side musicians, he recorded “Dinosaur Bones” using just a drummer, bassist and multi instrumentalist brass genius. All the keyboards, guitars and vocals were performed by Rick.

From the lush vocal harmonies of the opening number “Tuesday Morning” you can hear the Todd Rundgren influence. It is clear that working with Utopia bass player and longtime Rundgren collaborator Kasim Sulton has really impacted Rick’s production style.

Rick admits that he was also hugely influenced by Steely Dan’s clean production style. “Black and White”, “Five Body Blade” and “Media Mania” are cool songs that show the depth of Rick’s bag of aural tricks and his affinity for alternative adult contemporary.

The title track “Dinosaur Bones”, is a funny poke at the music business and how it chews up young talent and uses it till it is no longer relevant. The fictional character in the song is a conglomeration of players Rick has worked with over the years.

If you have headphones and want to take a trip without leaving your room, “The Weather” is a spectacular listen and cheaper than airfare. It is hypnotic and a pleasure to hear.

Inspired by news of another slimy politician’s infidelity and his secret trips to Argentina, the humorous track “Politician” incorporates recordings of indigenous percussion tracks Rick captured while in the streets of Haiti, Costa Rica, Panama and Columbia.

The album wraps with “Mission Control” a biting narrative about BP’s Gulf Oil Spill. “Growing up watching NASA go to the moon and the guys in the white shirts handle setbacks and disasters made me wonder why BP didn’t have the same thing”, says Rick.

In my opinion, the sign of a great album is its’ ability to grow on you with each listen. Before writing this review I spent two weeks listening to a promo copy and my favorite songs change with my mood (that hasn’t happened in a long time).

All in all, “Dinosaur Bones” is a triumph of Rick’s songwriting genius and further cements him as one of the greatest American artists yet to be widely discovered.
Susan Thomas


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Rhonda Readence

Dinosaur Bones
Rick Reynolds, the mastermind behind the project Sounding Rick, has a long and storied music career with seven releases in the past five years. Playing in bands all over the country and working with artists such as George Clinton, Kasim Sulton and Nazareth, Rick has garnered a devoted fan base and gained the experience necessary to record and produce quality music. A blend of genres including rock, jazz, blues and reggae, Sounding Rick’s latest offering, Dinosaur Bones, is a varied and eclectic collection of 13 incredible songs that will leave a lasting impression.

“Tuesday Morning” begins with a beautifully melodic vocal harmony that lulls one into a tranquil state of peacefulness, at least until the rude sound of an alarm clock sends a jolt through the mind. This track has a singsong quality to it that is catchy and upbeat. Rick’s voice is pleasantly smooth and the instrumentation and composition of this track is brilliant. This is a fantastic introduction to Sounding Rick. “Black & White” has a jazzy funky vibe to it that showcases the talent of Rick and his band. The sound is extremely well engineered and the horn ensemble in this piece is nothing short of fascinating. Lyrically sound and musically innovative, this song will get the fingers snapping and the feet tapping.

The title track, “Dinosaur Bones,” has more of a rock feel to it and the vocal delivery changes the rhythm of this album. Rick begins by almost speaking the lyrics and then singing them with an attitude and confidence that is commendable. The horn section in this piece is fantastic and this high-energy track will be a fan favorite. “5 Body Blade” has a jazzy rhythm that is performed with skill and ease. Rick hits some high notes during this song and the talent amongst this collective is evident. Exceptional musicianship and a simpler composition make this an easy and enjoyable song to listen to, perhaps while dancing in the arms of a favorite companion in a smoky jazz club.

“The Weather” continues the smooth flow of this album and Rick’s voice emulates Lenny Kravitz at times. The rhythm of this song is achingly familiar but difficult to place. There is a melancholy sensation that accompanies this track, and yet it is uplifting in a beautiful and elegant way. Fans will absolutely adore this offering. “Politician,” the longest track on the album at just over eight minutes, has a bit of a reggae rhythm to it and Rick employs a slight accent to complete the feel. The instrumentation is basic and simple and this piece is relaxing, bringing to mind sunshine and palm trees. The indigenous chanting and drumming at the beginning and end of the track is a wonderful bonus. “The Stranger” is another signature Sounding Rick tune with a slow tempo and seductive vocals. Rick can be compared to Stevie Wonder at times and the lyrics are meaningful and heartfelt.

“Here We Go Again” is a funk-laden piece with a smooth bass line and a rhythm that ranges from slow and snazzy to loud and brazen. This song is extraordinarily well composed and it flows along seamlessly. The entire cast of characters has a hand in this one and it epitomizes the Sounding Rick experience. “Media Mania” contains some of the best vocal work on the album and a jazzy vibe to it that is simply brilliant. The sound quality is stellar throughout and Rick’s voice is smooth and seductive as he leads this piece to its graceful closing. “You Asked” picks up the tempo and get the feet tapping. There is a carefree attitude about this piece and the lyrics carry a slight edge to them. People will relate to this track and Sounding Rick has embodied the overwhelming sense of frustration that we feel when someone asks us a question and we give our answer, and the answer is not what the person wanted to hear. Well, as Sounding Rick sings, you asked. Great track.

“I Say So” is another slow jazzy tune with a quiet beat and excellent instrumentation. The horns sound fantastic and the engineering on this piece is perfect. The lyrics are thought provoking and intelligent and the vocals are expertly delivered. Dinosaur Bones begins to close with “Hip Hooray,” one of the most honest and heartfelt songs on the album. Rick hits each note with precision and the band falls into place like the skilled artists that they are. A masterful collaboration, this piece has some jazz, some blues, some rock and some reggae, not to mention some exceptional guitar work. The final track is “Mission Control” and it’s a nice choice to end on. This piece has funk and attitude and the classic Sounding Rick vibe; Brassy horns, smooth bass, gentle drums, skilled guitar work, excellent vocals. It’s the whole package wrapped into one song. Sounding Rick and company are without doubt a group of musicians in a class of their own with the talent and experience to continue making excellent music for many years to come.

Bryan Rogers

Dinosaur Bones
Artist: Sounding Rick
Album: Dinosaur Bones
Reviewed By: Bryan Rodgers
Rating: 4 Stars

Enthusiasm is often ignored as a creative force in the music world, but there are still plenty of examples of bands that make a living from loving what they do. This ethos drives every minute of Dinosaur Bones, the seventh album in just five years from guitarist Sounding Rick (ne Rick Reynolds), and it serves as the album’s unifying force. Reynolds is a veteran musician, songwriter, and bandleader who led a musical life from his earliest days. He knows no other way to live, and he has no trouble filling this album’s 70 minutes with a wide variety of ideas. While his influences, such as rock of the pre-millennial variety, soul and funk, and classic singer/songwriter structures, are clear, the sound is an incredibly difficult one to describe. Rather than affect the lyrical gravity of a Springsteen or Dylan, who he seemingly strives to match in terms of sheer musical output, Reynolds traffics in a more down to Earth style of songwriting and singing. Reynolds can hold his own, especially within his own comfortable realm of groovy, eclectic rock music.

The range of sounds on Dinosaur Bones is truly impressive. By the time the last track, the celebratory, climactic ”Mission Control” rolls around, you’ll have heard everything from horny urban funk-rock (“Tuesday Morning,” “Black and White”) and psychedelic strains (“The Weather”) to screeching ska-punk spoken word (“Dinosaur Bones”) and slinky soul (“5 Body Blade”). Often reminiscent of All Mighty Senators, the band’s strikingly east coast sound is defined by rock songs that are embellished with tasteful, timely horn lines, international elements, and insistent, dynamic rhythms. Reynolds not only sings and plays guitar and keys on this disc, but he is even listed as producer and engineer of the whole thing. That said he does an admirable job in conveying his ideas while letting his fine band members put their talents to use. In particular, the warm, welcoming bass of Greg Roth thrums, hums, and thumps through the album like a deep heartbeat, sending funk-rich rhythmic blood to the other limbs of the band. Michael Glenn and Jim Andrews form an important horn section that sounds far more expansive than their actual number here. Both play saxophone, with Glenn adding trumpet, trombone, and flugelhorn to help form a virtual brass backline that pushes many of the album’s songs to a markedly higher level of quality. The standout track “Politician” showcases a near-perfect blending of various ideas, with Reynolds sounding a bit like Elvis Costello in front of an exotic, bubbling backdrop of swooning horns, sexy organ and bass interplay, and jazzy drumming from the versatile, enigmatically named Bomani. The same vibe bleeds into the next track, “The Stranger,” and the two songs help form a laid-back interlude in the middle of the album that begins with the mellow, atmospheric rock of “The Weather” and ends with “Here We Go Again,” a down and dirty funk number that might put some strain on the listener’s backbone.

There are so many worthy songs on Dinosaur Bones, it’s easy to see why Reynolds would want to include them all. Still, the album has an awful lot of good material, and it will be worth watching Reynolds in the future to see if he can create a start-to-finish masterpiece. He certainly exhibits the capability to do so on Dinosaur Bones.

Cyrus Rhodes - Indie Music Digest

Sounding Rick Does It Again!
Tampa Bay native Rick Reynolds (Sounding Rick) releases his latest CD entitled: Dinosaur Bones in 2010. Reynolds is no stranger to the music business. Over an impressive musical career he has released multiple full length albums & has worked with the likes of Nazareth, Kasim Sulton, & George Clinton just to name a few. Reynolds brings himself along with his band of 6 to the table for this his 7th full length release.



The CD takes to flight with melodic intro piece “Tuesday Morning” an upbeat intro piece that serves up dynamic progressive rock groove, with dynamic musical flow & ebbing coupled with hooky harmonies & impressive vocal accents from Reynolds. Track 2 “Black & White” shifts gears a bit with its slamming rock groove meshed with well-placed vocal harmonies & passionate vocal delivery that flows & ebbs it’s way through to emotional fruition. Track 3 “Dinosaur Bones” lets it all hang with it’s hard rocking guitar delivery, mesmerizing vocal reinforcements & thought provoking lyrical content As the CD unfolds I can hear many musical influences reminiscent of classic Robert Palmer, Maroon 5. Chicago, Red Hot Chili Peppers, & even brief splashes of Aerosmith & Oingo Boingo. Right from the start you will notice Reynolds feels quite comfortable letting it all hang out, not holding anything back with respect to his musical expression. The overall musical signature is quite unique, upbeat, & has a hard rocking edge. I would classify this music as Funkadelic-R&B with a Hard Rock edge possessing vibrant melody & amazing musical textures layered everywhere. Musicianship is rock solid across the board as all band members write & play their musical parts extremely well. I especially liked some of the slamming low end rock-funk grooves presented on the CD. Beside the 4 piece standard delivery you will also notice lush layers of instrumentation layered along the way with impressive Hammond Organ, Horn Sections, Flute, Violin, Saxophone, impressive keyboard accents, amazing harmonies, slamming rhythm section & well placed sonic effects along the way. His vocal harmonies are extremely creative & well placed, as well as being well executed. The songs themselves are addictive, infectious & are extremely unpredictable. Song for song, you never really know what’s around the next corner. Dive deeper into the lyrical content you will discover even more amazing mysteries. No doubt the true meanings of some of these songs is buried deep within the lyrical content. Reynolds voice works well across the board & at times transcends pigeonholed. All songs possess a unique personality complete with signature groove are short & this CD pretty much has something for everyone. From slamming “You Asked” & “5 Body Blade”, to melodic “The Weather” to slow grooving “Politician” to passionate “The Stranger” this CD has something for just about everyone. The true brilliance of Reynolds shines through on some of the songs where he dares to share some personal secrets with you like on “Media Mania”, “I Say So”, & “Hip Hooray” The CD ends with “Mission Control” the perfect finale piece for this musical catalogue.



It’s hard to find any noticeable weaknesses when listening to Dinosaur Bones.

Needless to say Dinosaur Bones by Sounding Rick (Rick Reynolds) is a fun & funkadelic vmusical experience. Rick Reynolds has proven himself yet again with this release & hits home with his experience & his ability to make the (singer to listener) musical connection. It’s strong suit – its rock solid consistency, song for song vibe, & overall musical brilliance of Rick Reynolds. The music is original, creative, extremely melodic, & like the aforementioned will lift your spirits without even trying. Equally as impressive is the songwriting virtuoso of Rick Reynolds as he sings, plays guitars, keyboards & even percussion on the CD. If he wrote all this music - well that makes his a 4 pronged musical threat. I really admire artists out there who are themselves & just let the chips fall where they may. Praise goes out to the artist that can show us something real and genuine beneath their veil of vanity. Rick Reynolds is one of these artists. So if you’re looking for an upbeat musical experience that possesses lot of musical variety, brilliant songwriting, that will lift your spirits in the process I highly recommend you jump head first into Sounding Rick by Rick Reynolds as soon as possible.


Cyrus Rhodes