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Patrick Yandall — A Journey Home

Sept. 9, 2017

Guitarist Patrick Yandall has been at this making-music-smooth-and-beautiful thing for many a year, often with great projects that don’t get the recognition that I personally feel they should. Here’s a man with not only killer guitar skills in several genres including smooth jazz, blues, R&B, fusion, and funk, but with a clear knowledge and understanding of the mechanics and intangibles of each and how they move that inner you to join the groove.

With 20 albums dating back to the early 1990s, Yandall has not only staying power but is remarkably prolific, oftentimes never letting more than a couple of years pass without offering a brand new release.

His latest effort, A Journey Home, is buttery smooth and bouncy with that slick touch of funk he so often includes. Tracks include the snappy and catchy lead and title track (which features nice horn and organ arrangements), the mid-tempo kinda bluesy/funky “Second Chance,” and the finger poppin’ and sassy tracks “Cruising Kuhio Highway” and “Intimate Request,” “My Ride” (the latter being one of my faves here because of its funky drive and that great horn presence again), and “Spirit Moves,” among others. Oh, and I’d be totally remiss if I didn’t mention the funky killer track “Are You Ready,” a mid-tempo explanation of what “it” is when I refer to an artist having that “it.”

No matter where you go on this album, you’ll hear evidence of why this long-time guitar great is so deserving of being among the major who’s who on the smooth jazz scene. Undoubtedly, Yandall has a decent devoted fan base, but I’d love to hear his name on the lips of all who appreciate the true, excellent quality of good, polished, funky smooth jazz played by one so incredibly devoted to creating great music with oomph and body.

In my opinion, Yandall is truly an integral part of the smooth jazz engine simply by virtue of his skill, relentless drive, and commitment to the music. For proof of this, just listen. – Ronald Jackson