Patrick Yandall serves with an amazing constancy and regularity the
smooth jazz community with new releases. This year his new album is
entitled Ethos. Ethos is the distinguishing character,
sentiment, moral nature, or guiding beliefs of a person, group, or
institution. The Greeks believed the power of music could alter ones
emotions, behaviors and even morals!
On his new album Patrick is performing all
instruments and has written all tracks. He also recorded and
mastered the complete album at MoBop Studios San Diego. Good music
doesn't need a special place and when Patrick calls the starter
Peytons Place, then just to give the film in your head some
nutrition. The tune is obviously influenced by Weather Report's
Based on a flowing rhythm Patrick creates a guitar whirlwind on
Ethos caring for much atmosphere. Biggah Mo Bettah
provides funky guitar voicing and textures in the style of Brothers
Johnson. Carlos Santana's Europa meets Wham's Careless
Whisper to Say Goodbye. Pure emotion.
She Fine has the spiritual intensity of America's earworm and
the retro feeling established in the time of Motown. My
Sanctuary highlights what every artistic medium needs to
survive. The emotional core which unites his fan ship. From the
sweet melody of
Waterfront Strut rises like a phoenix Patrick's
improvisational guitar talent.
Shakedown comes with a heavy organic step combining guitar,
bass and horn arrangement to a solid boiling point. With Hammond B3
and guitar Yandall elevates the magic of Make It Happen.
The perfect Blues infusion benefits the quality of the tune.
Heavens Smile merges warm synth voices with catchy guitar
chords. Surprise Surprise presents the listener with a
fleeting moment the Hohner clavinet sound as counterpart to the
known guitar riffs.
Friday Groove sees a change of role with Yandall as singer of
the refrain while the guitar sips along. Memories of You
revels in Carlos Santana style but Patrick is not Santana, he makes
it bigger, nicer and better. Oh Brazil offers some peaceful
serenity with Latin attitude. C Ya is a tranquil Good Bye
till next time.
Ethos shows a genuine Patrick Yandall, the epitome of jazz
guitarist. A powerful instrumentalist with flawless and affecting