Yandall is undoubtedly a productive musician. In the short period of
his solo activity he has already released That
Feels Nice (1994), A Lasting Embrace (1997),
Of Two Cities (2000),
Back to the
From The Ashes (2004), Eyes Of Mars (formerly titled Just
Be Thankful (2005), and Samoa Soul (2006). One could almost
certainly describe Patrick as a smooth jazz guitarist. Until this
Patrick Yandall has released his
first Blues album titled New York Blues (2007). What does a
guitarist motivate to produce an album in a totally other genre? Well,
first of all Patrick has always referred himself to his Blues roots
and influences especially in the notes of his previous albums. Patrick
answers: "I did New York Blues as a blues rock CD because
my live shows always incorporate that vibe and it always seems to go
over well." So it's a natural process that Patrick did the Blues.
The album is completely Yandall's work: he performed all instruments,
has written with the exception of three tunes all songs, produced and
engineered the CD.
When I first heard Wrap It Up
I said to myself. You know that track. Well, it reminds me a bit on
Jimi Hendrix' All Along The Watchtower. Yandall bursts out with great
energy. His kicking distortion guitar is burning like his rough
Slowing down New York Blues
awakes another association. Godley and Creme's "Golden Boy"
has a similar diction.
Deeper into Blues walks Blues For
Buddy. Lead instrument is the guitar while the Hammond B3 only
plays the role of a water carrier.
For the solo guitar track So Low
Patrick uses a play on words. Only on the final
bend further instruments set in.
People Get Ready was a
smashing hit of the group Impressions in 1965, penned by the legendary
Curtis Mayfield. The song became an anthem of transcendence for the
civil rights movement and an oft-covered soul standard. Now the lyrics
aren't in the foreground but the melody perfectly covered by Patrick
Yandall's pleasant-sounding guitar.
Patrick rocks on Fire In The Hole
like good old Ten CC.
The Blue Room slows down the
tempo again. A little Blues a bit of smooth jazz; relaxing on a hot
Patrick returns to the upbeat Blues
with There's Blues In This House. That's certainly stuff for
live sessions. Frankly said Patrick should rely on his live band
recording his albums. I am sure impulses of other musicians would be a
In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed was
originally recorded by The Allman Brothers Band for the album Idlewild
South (1970). During the tune Patrick accelerates the tempo
of his interpretation to a rockish version. Rough in style with his
distortion guitar and the Hammond B3 sound.
Shakeys Blues reminds me at Eric
Clapton's music. I love this guitar sound. Timeless good.
Deception Point has some
tricky phrases and very rough solo guitar moments.
Cause We've Ended As Lovers penned by
Stevie Wonder is an amazing classic. Many artists such as Jeff
Beck, Eric Clapton, Chieli Minucci, Gato Barbieri or the
Crusaders were attracted by its magic. Patrick's version has that Carlos
Santana timbre. Awesome.
New York Blues is an album for guitar lovers. A
dedication to the Blues, but also a demonstration of Patrick Yandall's
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- Title: New York Blues
Artist: Patrick Yandall
Label: Zangi Records
01 Wrap It Up [3:46]
02 New York Blues [4:25]
03 Blues For Buddy [4:39]
04 So Low [3:35]
05 People Get Ready [4:26]
06 Fire In The Hole [4:02]
07 The Blue Room [5:26]
08 There's Blues In This House [4:07]
09 In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed [4:43]
10 Shakeys Blues [4:21]
11 Deception Point [5:01]
12 Cause We've Ended As Lovers [4:27]
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