Archive for December 5th, 2021

Sonny Emory – Soul Ascension

Soul AscensionReceiving his first drum set at age 4, Sonny Emory was influenced by the quality time spent with his father, a saxophonist and his grandfather, a keyboardist, jamming in their home. Sonny played in his elementary and high school bands and went on to become a part of the orchestra and jazz ensemble in college. In 1986 a move to Los Angeles proved to be the place where opportunity met preparation. There he began his transition to becoming a professional drummer, playing with Joe Sample and the Crusaders.

Sonny’s credits are many. From 1987 to 1999 he held down the drum chair with the legendary R&B group Earth, Wind & Fire. He co-wrote the tune “Cruising” with members of that band, which can be heard on the score to Spike Lee’s 1998 motion picture, “Get On the Bus”. He also worked on the “Lethal Weapon II” soundtrack with Eric Clapton and David Sanborn. Sonny has recorded, and or performed, with a virtual “who’s who” in pop and jazz music, including, Stanley Clarke, David Sanborn, Bette Midler, Al Jarreau, Paula Abdul, Jean-Luc Ponty and Boz Scaggs.

Sonny draws from all aspects of music as a producer/performer. In 1996, he released “Hypnofunk”, a solo project co-produced by Earth, Wind & Fire’s founder, Maurice White, followed by Love Is The Greatest (2017). Another album is the jazz-fusion CD Full Tilt (2019). His newest project is the highly recommendable Soul Ascension (2021). The album features Bob James, Bobby Lyle, Jimmy Haslip, Lenny Castro, Patrice Rushen, Ronnie Garrett, and Vance Taylor.

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