A lot of water has run down the river
Rhine since my first review about Patrick Yandall's album "Back
To The Groove". Times are tough and difficult today's. The
audience is keeping their money and an artist has to be really good to
convince the listeners to buy his album. Keeping that in mind Patrick
Yandall created his personal dream: "Samoa Soul" (2006) spell bounding
the audience with his vision of Island magic.
This album is
quasi a self-made-project, because Patrick Yandall is playing electric
and acoustic guitars, bass guitar, synth bass, piano, Rhodes, sampled
strings and horns, vocalese, drum and loop programming. Nathan Brown
(Scott Wilkie band) is performing bass on "Passion Avenue"
and "Dawn Patrol", while Andre Mayeux is playing clavinet,
B3 and piano on "Londons Way" and piano on "Samoa
Soul". That said one could assume a low-budget production. But
never underestimate the professionalism of a longtime guitarist.
is a midtempo cooler in this hot summer days. The melody is hooking
and the superior guitar sound does its work.
Fade To Grey was a great hit, Fade To
Black has more of a session
tune. Patrick Yandall pronounces every note of his guitar and
paints it with a colorful folkloristic coating.
Way is an epic and slow tune
with a sustained and melancholic character. Andre Mayeux'
piano solo is so short that one hasn't much time to reflect on it.
"Jamaica funk, that's what it is. Funkin'
Who would forget that cry of hype and enthusiasm. In
1980, trumpeter Tom Browne blew his way to the top of the charts with
the anthem "Funkin' For Jamaica" backed by Marcus
Miller, a 21-year-old bassist from Rochdale Village, on bass guitar.
From Tom Brown over Erika Badu and Bob Baldwin this is the newest
revival of the ultra-hit.
For Today elucidates with
its comfort-loving and relaxed style the inner peace and mental
balance of contemporary jazz guitarist Patrick Yandall.
Passion Avenue is the road
all smooth jazz aficionados walk along. Less rollicking more seasoned
mastership is Patrick's receipt.
Beat Generation is a further
example of Yandall's measured style. He could certainly show us more
of his talent if he would like.
is a chart-topping mega seller originally performed by Christopher Cross on his debut album (1979). Often copied by
hundreds of artists Patrick Yandall's version has certainly the
advantage to give it a new turn with his guitar slicks.
There is a lot more to explore on this interesting album. Who's
The Bossa is an awesome
Bossa Nova polished up by Yandall's Ibanez and he lets shine his
guitar. Lee Ritenour couldn't do it better.
In The Day is a nice
sensitive flashback to good old days. The melody is full of catchy
Dawn Patrol Patrick
Yandall vents his feelings and his performance is absolute splendid, ingenious
his new album "Samoa Soul" Patrick Yandall proves
affirmatively anew his outstanding position in the smooth jazz world.