Aug. 7, 2013
As an artist who has shown his versatility over the years by playing across genres and integrating grooves, veteran guitarist Patrick Yandall is back with another contemporary jazz gem entitled Soul Grind (due out on Sept. 3). Packing power and punch, this project is solid as a rock.
Yandall’s music has been a consistent bag of class and sass for me for years. Utilizing guitars from the Fender Strat to the Gibson 335 to his Martin acoustic to his Ibanez custom AS93, the guitarist paints with multiple colors throughout this CD, as he has with others.
Bouncing right out on the lead track “My Lady,” he firmly lays down the Yandall-style vibe that has kept him part of the contemporary jazz conversation for so long. He follows that with the tight and funky title track. His take on the Michael Jackson classic “Human Nature” is as clean and cool a version as I’ve ever heard.
A master of slick chords and even slicker riffs, Yandall knows how to work a melody and a hook. Case in point on this latest effort is the mid-tempo charmer “Forever,” a strutting number with muscle. Speaking of muscle, he tackles Steely Dan’s “Josie” with confidence and authority. As funky a version as you’ll hear. Steely Dan is not a band to cover if your chops are lacking (take it from one who’s consistently followed them from their very beginning in the early 70s), but Yandall knocks the tune out of the park, clearly showing the makeup of his own chops.
Giving you just a peek at his rock leanings, check out the hot and funky “Say Ow.” Scorching and thick with rhythm and attitude. To settle you down a bit, he then offers the slow, soothing, and soulful “Lay Me Down.”
Whatever you’re seeking in your contemporary jazz these days, Yandall has you covered on this album. A quality mix of feels and grooves. – Ronald Jackson
Note: At the time of posting, no Amazon mp3 sampler was available. As soon as one becomes available, we will post it here. Meanwhile, you can visit CDbaby.com to hear the samples.