Archive for August 6th, 2010

Patrick Yandall – The Window

Bringing the same kind of emotional depth and stylistic diversity to contemporary jazz as his heroes and chief influences Lee Ritenour and Larry Carlton, guitarist/composer Patrick Yandall has blazed creative and commercial trails that have inspired a new generation of independent instrumental musicians to pursue their dreams without compromise. Sixteen years after breaking onto the scene with his first national recording That Feels Nice—a sentiment shared by thousands of fans who still have that seminal work in their collections—the multi-talented San Diego based performer is as dynamic, passionate and inventive as ever on his Innervisions Records debut The Window, which marks his incredible 11th release to date.

On the heels of Going For One and One Hour Blues, extraordinary, hard-hitting 2010 projects that explored Yandall’s lifelong loves of hard-rock and blues-rock, respectively, the artist brings a fiery edge, intense funk grooves and tastes of cool tropicality and retro jazz-soul to the self-produced 12 track collection that, true to its title, offers a unique window to Yandall’s ever-evolving musical soul. Its diversity has its roots in the Yandall’s many compositions these past years for numerous top music libraries, which license his prolific work in many genres for television, film and numerous corporations. His compositions have been heard everywhere from The Weather Channel to “War, Inc.,” the 2008 film starring John Cusack, Marisa Tomei and Hilary Duff which featured “Who’s The Bossa.”

While Yandall’s presence on the Internet and his popularity on websites like Reverb Nation and Facebook has helped him built a worldwide following and a thousands-strong fan base, fans in his longtime home of San Diego get to hear him play his popular radio hits and shed new material on a regular basis at Humphrey’s Backstage Live—where the popular smooth jazz station KIFM hosts shows on Sunday nights—and downtown hotspots like Anthology.

In addition to producing and/or recording for NBC, KUSI 51 and various San Diego media outlets, his prolific studio and live performance work over the years includes working with renowned jazz artists Michael Paulo, Scott Wilkie, J. Michael Verta, Greg Vail, Tommy Emmanuel and the late Carl Evans, Jr. (Fattburger) and Hollis Gentry. His solo discography includes A Lasting Embrace (1997); Of Two Cities (2000); Back To The Groove (2002); From The Ashes (2004); Eyes of Mars (2005); Samoa Soul (2006); New York Blues (2007); Laws of Groovity (2008); and A New Day (2009).

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Aysha – Stay With Me

After much anticipation since the release of her debut CD, Love Is A Rock, Aysha will be releasing her new EP, Stay With Me, featuring internationally acclaimed saxophonists, Everette Harp and Gerald Albright, on two of her songs. Three of the five tracks on the project has already received major airplay on Broadcast Architecture’s Smooth Jazz Network in the New Music Hour , several other radio stations and online publications across the nation and globe.

The exclusive EP consists of five original songs produced by legendary producer, songwriter, keyboardist & arranger Monty Seward (The Jacksons, James Ingram, Howard Hewett, Kelly Clarkson), acclaimed music director Kevin Dorsey (Michael Jackson) and Aysha. Three radio versions are also included.

Aysha has been an avid Jazz and R&B vocalist since 1999 with various appearances on the music circuit on and off the stage. With influences ranging from the likes of Sade, Toni Braxton, Phyllis Hyman & Chante Moore, her music is destined to be heard. “All of my music has been written and based on my personal experiences. I first thought I wanted to be an R&B vocalist, however, over the period of my career, I have matured into more of a contemporary jazz, Urban AC vocalist.”

The song selections chosen for “Stay With Me” consists of all originals – 5 compositions, exploring the realm of passionate love songs. “I pulled a culmination of real life experiences from past & present and created a monologue of peaceful, beautiful journals of songs that will possibly touch your heart & soul. Hopefully my music will relate to your own personal triumphs and heartaches as it has touched mine.”

Aysha was recently nominated for Jazz Artist of the Year at The Los Angeles Music Awards in 2009. For more information, interview & CD review requests, please contact KLW Records at Stay With Me will be available on CD Baby, iTunes and other fine online retailers .