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Patrick Yandall — When It’s Hip

January 19, 2019

Jan. 19, 2019

Super-talented and eclectic indie guitarist Patrick Yandall hasn’t built his reputation and the ongoing respect he receives among his peers and fans alike by being a mediocre peddler of weak and unimaginative recordings. His projects always have a knack for catching one’s ear because of their undeniable presence and melodic richness.

Here on his latest release When It’s Hip, the guitarist pays homage to artists from Tower of Power to Pink Floyd in that unique, full, jazzy Yandall manner.

A true master of expressive guitar, his skill is again demonstrated on tracks like the uptempo and sunny title track, the equally shiny “King James,” his stirring version of the Isley Brothers’ classic “Who’s That Lady,” the sweeping Santana-like “Soul Instincts” and “Makai.” Then, there’s “The Groovefather” (which offers that Tower of Power vibe), a spot-on cover of the Pink Floyd rock classic “Money,” “Heartland” (which puts his fluidity and speed on display and possesses that dual guitar harmony of The Allman Brothers Band era), the appropriately-titled “Bring the Funk,” and a wonderfully innovative but short tune called “Star Prelude” that precedes his creatively bluesy cover of “The Star Spangled Banner.” Read More

Jeff Lorber Fusion — Impact

September 3, 2018

Sept. 3, 2018

Now into his 41st year of banging out hit jazz record after hit jazz record, master keyboardist/producer/composer Jeff Lorber nails another great one with the Jeff Lorber Fusion’s Impact album — a year after grabbing his first Grammy win for the group’s remarkable work on its previous album Prototype.

Still doing it majestically with sidekick/key collaborator Yellowjackets founding member bassist Jimmy Haslip, saxman Andy Snitzer, and drummer Gary Novak, Lorber tosses in the fanciful guitar work of Paul Jackson Jr. and Adam Hawley, horn arranger and performer Dave Mann, and others to spice up a recipe that’s always kickin’ anyway. This is jazz fusion the way it was always meant to be. Read More