The Souljazz Experience Vol. 1 YORK

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Label: Upper Level Records

Genre: Jazz

Subgenre: Mainstream Jazz

Artist: YORK

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  • 1I Can't Get No Satisfaction03:49
  • 2The Days in Brazil05:15
  • 3Can You Feel the Heat04:24
  • 4Cp & Pd04:19
  • 5Flamingo Girl04:09
  • 6E Nobi Do03:45
  • 7Bsc Tribute04:10
  • 8Too Much Tension04:09
  • 9Walz with Me04:52
  • 10With a Bit Kurkuma04:48
  • 11Ysl & Bb04:48
  • 12Moove & Groove05:01
  • Total Runtime53:29

Info for The Souljazz Experience Vol. 1

Throughout his career lasting several decades, German multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer YORK has been an in-demand sideman on saxophone and flute, live and in the studio for established heavyweights such as Randy Crawford, Phil Collins, Mousse T., Jazzkantine or Bahama Soul Club.

But time does not stand still, especially for creative minds! After all those years on the sidelines, new impulses made their way to the light, and a few sweaty as well as emotionally fulfilling months later, YORK is now launching his own long-player: The Soul Jazz Experience Vol. 1.

On it, mastermind YORK enjoys his new creative freedom, as he functions equally as composer, arranger, producer - as well as performing musician, of course! YORK's music is cool, danceable jazz with a touch of vintage soul and funk. He celebrates the swinging 60's in a groovy way and transports the sounds of the vintage instruments he uses into the here and now. The album also features a number of top-class guest musicians, making The Soul Jazz Experience Vol. 1. a truly feel-good experience.

"I Can't Get No Satisfaction" is a track that needs no introduction - or does it? It’s a jazzy-groovy version with latin inflections of the famed Rolling Stones tune. "The Days in Brazil" also breathes South American flair, and was inspired by memories of touring with Bahama Soul Club in Brazil. It is one of two tracks featuring renowned Portuguese jazz singer Guida de Palma, who also guests on the chilled out "E Nobi Do", the perfect accompaniment to enjoying a delicious cocktail at the beach bar at sunset. In "Can You Feel The Heat" things go in a much jazzier direction, paying homage to the great pioneers of jazz - first and foremost Miles Davis, of course! And as a saxophonist, YORK also had to set a monument to his idols Charlie Parker and Paul Desmond - so the aptly-titled "CP & PD" pays homage to them.

On "Flamingo Girl" we find YORK's longtime co-musician Pat Appleton shining in her unique way, and again on she appears again on "Too Much Tension", which is nowhere near as stressful as the title suggests, but rather comes across as loosely grooving before things get a little quieter on "Walz With Me”. Main single "With A Bit Kurkuma" features London-based guest Yane Singh and offers a wonderful cross-section of all the parameters that compose The Soul Jazz Experience Vol. 1. While "BSC Tribute" on the other hand is dedicated to Bahama Soul Club – with whom YORK played extensively. Things get avant-garde on "YSL & BB" - enriched with samples from Yves Saint Laurent and Brigitte Bardot, while "Move & Groove" is a cool finisher with its 60s movie atmospheres.

YORK, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer, organ, Clavinet D6, vibraphone, saxophones, flutes, bass clarinet
Joel Rosenblatt, drums
Rick Petrone, double bass
R.T. King, guitar
Don Harris, trumpet
Jary Mall, percussion
Jay Dee, DJ

York Ostermayer
In Bremen aufgewachsen begann York Ostermayer seine Karriere als professioneller Musiker, Komponist und Produzent in Hannover. Er spielt Saxofon und Querflöte in diversen Jazz- und Soulbands, unter anderem von 1996 bis 2008 in der „Jazzkantine“. Aus einer Tour der „Jazzkantine“ in Südafrika entstand 2004 das südafrikanisch-deutsche Band-Projekt „Culture Clan“, das mit dem Album “Africa” einen Nr. 1 Hit landete. Daneben arbeitet Ostermayer als Musikproduzent – er betreibt in Hannover ein eigenes Studio –, er komponiert und produziert Film- und Theatermusiken, und ist ein vielgefragter Studiomusiker. Bis anhin hat er rund 1000 Konzerte gegeben, bei über 100 CDs mitgespielt und mit Künstlern wie Heinz Rudolph Kunze, Fury in the Slaughterhouse, Randy Crawford, Phil Collins, Big Light, Quincy Jones, Towa Tei, Spice, Cunnie Williams, Ziggy Marley, Inner Circle, 2 Pride, Oli P., Brotherhood, Creed oder Mousse T. live und im Studio gespielt. Für das Gemeinschaftstheater komponierte Jörg Ostermayer zuletzt die Musik zu Orestie, Schuld und Sühne und Antigone.

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