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Patrick Yandall – Ethos

Aug. 1, 2016

To express and emphasize how the Greeks believed the power of music could alter one’s emotions, behaviors, and even morals, guitarist/composer/producer Patrick Yandall continues to tantalize and delight as he offers 15 new tracks to his collection of solid C-jazz, R&B, Latin, and blues compositions with Ethos, his 19th release.

Always one to mix and blend the musical cultures and colors of so many different genres, Yandall has one fine knack for going right into the soul and opening it up to the endless possibilities presented by his music. With his guitar always leading the way, singing its unique song and dancing its own way, the music is always expressive and embracing. Ethos is no different as it beckons your ear to partake of some real musical goodness.

The lead track and feature single “Peytons Place” is a guaranteed charmer as it jumps off in that upbeat soulful, jazzy way that Yandall has mastered so well. Its hook is catchy and impressive. He follows that with the slick and snappy title track, carrying a lot of bounce and cool funk – as does the hook-rich track following that — “Biggah Mo Bettah” (gotta love that title).

Never forgetting that mellow, romantic, bluesy moment, the guitarist offers “Say Goodbye,” a sweet and subtly melancholy track for the heart-conscious.

In that Marvin Gaye R&B manner (think “Let’s Get It On”), Yandall gives us “She Fine.” I think the term for that observation is quite clear and speaks for itself. Yep, you know just how she looks and acts just from listening to Yandall’s guitar describe her.

Then, there’s the powerful mid-tempo wah-funky “Shakedown” (I’m claiming this one as my fav) with its mighty hook. A bit of a reminder of the George Clinton/Funkadelic era.

So many of these 15 tracks are certainly keepers and will serve to make your day just a little bit brighter, a little bit more colorful. There are tracks with dirty funk, expressive blues, the romance of R&B, and the exoticism of the Latin groove, all added to an already smooth jazz touch from one who knows the genre well. With infectious hooks and melodies galore, you want to check out this one. – Ronald Jackson