Yandall grew up in Bay City, Michigan. His decision to go to San Diego
was absolutely right and rewarded with successful albums like
"That Feels Nice", A Lasting Embrace", "Of Two
Cities", "Back To The Groove" and "From The
Ashes". His new album "Just Be Thankful" will be
released in June 27th 2005 at Apria Records. Further musicians on this
upcoming album are keyboardist Kevin Flournoy (Kirk Whalum,
Kevin Whalum), San Diego based drummer Duncan Moore (Steve Laury,
Checkfield), bass player Nathan Brown (Scott Wilkie), sax player
Greg Vail (Rob Mullins, Kilauea, Al Stewart) and trumpet player Steve
Ebner (The Rhythmakers, Buddy Blue).
A musician staying such a longtime
in frontline of the smooth jazz scene, where the best instrumentalists
worldwide are performing, is maturing in style and arrangement. Eyes
Of Mars is showcasing Patrick's guitar mastery. His playing is
laid-back, smooth and effortless. Nevertheless when he is running the
scores it's evident.
Love was originally a hit of R&B-star Cherelle performed with
duet partner Alexander O'Neal on her album "High Priority"
(1986) penned by dream-team Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Patrick's
guitar play is a real refreshment.
The low-tempo Just
Be Thankful is featuring Steve Ebner. The track gets my
attention when Patrick and Steve are leaving the mellow path of melody
and start to improvise on their instruments. Unfortunately rather
allows funky bass player Nathan Brown a short solo surrounded by
is a romantic jazz ballad. Don't confound it with Stanley Turrentine's
version. Patrick's arrangement is smooth and radio like.
The title Tequila
Time says it all. Latin music in the style of Peter White or
Marc Antoine. The tune gets its spice when Patrick is playing his
guitar like a balalaika.
More Latin on Brazilian
Affairs. Samba rhythm with Kevin Flournoy's sparkling piano and
Patrick's great guitar solo.
is a bluesy reminiscence to Blues legend B.B. King. Patrick perfectly imitates
B.B. King's moody guitar play.
The roots of most smooth jazz
players are still to find in traditional jazz. Otherwise it's not to
explain that one can often listen to covers of classical jazz ballades.
The song Naima for example was covered by
Ray Fuller ("Weeper"), Norman Connors ("Remember Who
You Are") or Thom Rotella ("Thom Rotella Band"). John
Coltrane recorded this classic in March26th 1959 in the
Atlantic studios in N.Y. He named this song after his wife Juanita
Naima Grubb, which he married in 1955. Patrick finds a special
treatment for this wonderful song.
What might be Patrick's next
single? I guess Let Me Love You. A
strong captivating melody combined with Greg Vail's emotional sax solo
has the power to climb the charts.
Mac Patrick lets his guitar sway away. A dreamy atmosphere.
The final song Europa
composed by Tom Coster and Carlos Santana was a mega hit
especially in Japan. Besides this its a classic guitar piece for every
guitar player. Patrick reveals all sides of his multi-faceted
All affinados of smooth jazz will
not resist this shining album of brilliant guitar music.