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Ric Cunningham / Press

“Martinis, not the sort that are a conceit of blue curacao and mango syrup ... the real thing, crafted of excellent gin and an atomized whisper of bone dry Vermouth. Cocktails on the patio, pointy shoes, pointy brassieres and the Cha Cha Cha that’s what this clever album conjures in my mind. Mr. Cunningham has his musical tongue deeply implanted in his cheek but his underlying taste in the selection of timeless melodies (Harlem Nocturne, Santana’s Europa ) is unmistakable . At first listening one may tempted to file this well crafted, ‘saxophone in front’ offering as smooth jazz. It has more meat than that. On cut number six ‘Sapphire and Tonic’ an original tune by Cunningham, his use of the alto sax was reminiscent of Paul Desmond. I recommend Adventures in the Modern Lounge as a must have for your home bar. It is the perfect mood music for your next get together. Keep it ( spine out ) between your stainless cocktail shaker and your mono- gramed coasters.”

Suzanne Langlois - The Huffington Post

“Saxophonist Ric Cunningham's Adventures in the Modern Lounge is a tad on the soundscape side, but it's sufficiently textured to qualify as a breather from heavier fare. Cunningham plays alto, tenor and a vintage Conn baritone sax, which can be heard on Les Amis. Most of the tracks, like Powerhouse, mash his reeds with electronica, creating a cunning collage. NaNa La ChaCha and Jazzed may not be heavy-duty stuff but they are fun.”

“I’m grinning ear-to-ear as I write this ‘cause I’m excited (I’ve also had a drink). Ric Cunningham is a current jazz musician who “gets it” when it comes to cocktail music. I’m listening to a record that was just recorded last year, yet evokes a mood I thought was just completely lost decades ago. Primarily a sax album, the jazz represented here also carries rhythmic undercurrents of mambo beats, 60’s pop back-up vocals, and melodic riffs positively engineered for cold martinis. I was stunned to discover that this album was Ric’s sole musical vision from concept to arrangement to finish. He’s a complete package. It’s hard to explain, but I think you will be reminded of 60’s Blake Edwards’ movie soundtracks & other things 60’s, yet be titillated with these little modern touches, some quite pronounced, that will remind you that you’re listening to something fresh..picture postcard perfect to go with your next fun cocktail party, ...”