Patrick Yandall is a musical powerhouse. With boosting creativity he
mesmerizes in Rock (Going For One), Blues (One Hour Blues)
and Smooth Jazz (The
Window). Three albums just in
2010! His newest project is entitled Acoustic Dreamscape (2011)
and Yandall's welcome return to Smooth Jazz.
Patrick has written all songs with the
exception of two well-chosen covers. He performed all instruments,
recorded and mixed the complete album. A real one-man-show!
Unfortunately he provided no information about the new album on his
website, which will be hopefully corrected soon.
When you are in the right mood to relax,
then abandon yourself to the Yandall's acoustic guitar music.
Acoustic Dreamscape is the perfect wave to reverie and easing.
Full Moon is another nuance, more strangeness and secret venues.
Remarkable is the fact is, that Patrick even plays the keyboard parts
on his guitar with the help of the Roland guitar synth.
Only You shines with
beautiful elegance. Acoustic guitar chords and background sounds stay
in full harmony. American singer, songwriter Bob Dylan wrote All Along
The Watchtower in 1967. The song became popular with Jimi Hendrix's
outstanding interpretation a half year later. Patrick creates a smooth
jazz rendition and wisely avoid to copy Jimi's eternal guitar cry.
On Steal Your Heart Patrick
performs a glittering melody with so much flair. Even Peter White
could be jealous. With the same silky skills he lets us admire
Desire. Loveliness has a new face: Valentines Night.
Yandall's guitar prowess impresses the most, when he takes the role of
a medieval troubadour.
The album offers much more captivating melodies like for example
Romance. The beauty of the melody
is surpassed by Yandall's great phrasing, which makes every piece to
an unique artwork. With Country Walk he takes a slight sidestep
to the country side. Hanalei is the northern part of the
Hawaiian island Kauai. The valley of Hanalei is surrounded by majestic
mountains. The Jamaican reggae rhythm and the steel pans in the
background associate a Caribbean heritage of the song, but that is
paying tribute to the island casualness.
Final piece of the album is a Mood
For A Day, a classical guitar solo piece written and performed by
guitarist Steve Howe. The song was released by the progressive Rock
group Yes on their pioneering album Fragile in 1969 and is
still a reference piece for all guitarists.
Patrick Yandall's Acoustic Dreamscape
would be the ideal gift for Valentine's Day, if Patrick would tell
us, where to buy his album.