With its perfect balance of powerhouse funk, melodic magic, instantly infectious grooves and emotional ballads, Darren Rahn’s highly anticipated Woodward Avenue Records debut transcends its picture perfect title Sonic Boom. But his choice to focus on a single horn voice – after a decade of solo works that mixed things up – earns him a classic jazz reference that could easily have been its alternate title. Tenor Madness was a classic 1956 album by the legendary John Coltrane with the Sonny Rollins Quartet. With his brash, bold and inspiring latest 10 track collection, the multi-Grammy nominated multi-instrumentalist, producer, mixing engineer and sonic architect creates the contemporary urban jazz equivalent.
After a decade of hit making, Rahn – who has scored over 25 #1 radio singles for himself and other artists - makes his most dynamic artistic statement yet on a set where “madness” and fun set the tone around an emotional core that’s alternately romantic and poignant. He’s been so successful on behalf of other artists that it’s easy to overlook his own success and creativity as a solo artist. But if there was any doubt that he’s got a unique stamp that sets him apart from even all the great talents he works with, he blasts that to oblivion with this sky enlightening Sonic Boom. He calls it his most ‘honest and heartfelt’ album to date, and he delivers every ounce of emotion and sonic wonder to back that up.