Yandall - From The Ashes
was a long time since the release of his previous album "Back To The Groove"
in 2002. Now Patrick's new one raises like a
phoenix "From The Ashes". Patrick's current project features special
Kimo Cornwell ( B3), Joel Rosenblatt (drums), Scott Wilkie (keyboards), Randy Brecker
(trumpet), Will Lee (bass), Ada
Rovatti (soprano sax), Nathan Brown (bass), Sandy Weltman (harmonica) and Jason
Weber (sax). He lives in San Diego since 1982 and it's a result of his
long work as a session musician to assemble such an exquisite list of
players on this album. Patrick has written all songs for this album.
You will recognize that he isn't only an excellent guitar player but
also a convincing composer and arranger. A fact that's nowadays
essential for a career in a genre which is only a commercial niche in
The album starts with Heart
Promise, a romantic groove. Jason Weber adds some nice horn and
sax arrangements. The song has several layers like an onion-skin.
While the lead theme is repeating Patrick is soloing on his guitar.
All in best harmony. Although Patrick's electric guitar may disturb
some ears of today's smooth jazz radio consultants because of the
aggressive tone. Delightfully refreshing.
Yes, a vocoder is greatly welcome today's
on many pieces. Patrick makes extensive use of this technical
function on Club Humphreys. He is playing
all instruments. Guitars, drum machine, keyboards and it sounds
Eternal is featuring Kimo Cornwell on Hammond B3. Kimo Cornwell
is keyboardist, composer, arranger and producer of the group
Hiroshima. I recently reviewed their new album "The
Bridge". The tune is fluent rush.
A very special piece is All
Day Music. I think the title is ironically chosen. This is
unusual music. Since Toots Thielemans we understand the harmonica as a
jazz instrument. Sandy Weltman
is a harmonica virtuose equally skilled in blues, Celtic, Klezmer,
Latin and jazz. His harmonica gives the song a special feeling which
is hardly to describe. Andre
Mayeux 's B3 harmonizes perfectly with this sound.
guides into the jazz fusion area with icons like Randy Brecker, Will
Lee, Joel Rosenblatt. We welcome Will Lee's short bass solo (could be
longer) and Randy Brecker's trumpet excursion. But we especially
welcome the female sax player Ada
Rovatti on sax. Ada is presented by Apria Records where she
already has released 2 albums.
Ada's affinity to straight ahead
music shines through on
K.C. Conceived as a smooth jazz tune Ada always finds the
backdoor to jazz.
Randy Brecker and Ada Rovatti joins
on Unsung Hero again. Trumpet meets sax
and the guitar is playing the chairman.
is obviously a concession to smooth jazz radio format. Mellow, smooth,
soul-stirring, sousing in the romantic atmosphere.
From The Ashes
is a wonderful example of Patrick's overdubbing skills. In several
layers he adds guitar sounds composing a guitar soundscape of
As a guitar player you cannot resist
the influence of Spanish Flamenco. Here we go: The
Land Of Aros. Joel Rosenblatt inflames a firework of rhythm and
Patrick conjures the ghost of Spanish Flamenco on his acoustic guitar.
Remarkable Joel's drum solo in the middle part of the
Song For Bobby
presents mellow elements of this album. Jason Weber is a master of
silky sax tones.
Everybody who has attended Scott
Wilkie's live concerts knows what Firestorm
means concerning this musician. But on this tune Joel Rosenblatt and
Patrick Yandall are the driving forces. Very energetic.
One will find very different music on
Patrick's new album "From The Ashes". But you can be sure:
It sounds professionally and demands your attention. No music for just