ARTIST - KARL YOUNG

 

 

ALBUM - LOST IN THE WOOD

 

Website: http://www.karlshak.com

Genre: Contemporary Jazz, Jazz

Sounds like: Miles Davis, Harvie Schwartz

The Good Signature sound, very consistent 

The Bad None

The Ugly Loosely Choreographed Free Form Jazz, Lack of Bottom End Frequency

The Band 3 out of 5

The Music 4 out of 5

The Songs 3 out of 5

The Vibe 4 out of 5

The Production 4 out of 5

The Verdict 4 out of 5

 

CD REVIEW 

 

The Artist I recently checked out the latest release from the Shakuhachi player Karl Young  entitled Lost in the Wood (2011). So what is Shakuhachi anyway? Well you may not know it by name but you will know it by sound the second you hear it. The Shakuhachi is basically a Japanese woodwind instrument that sounds very similar to a flute.

 

The band Based on the bar set by the jazz standard I would say this band clearly possesses above average playing and average writing abilities. You will find many impressive chops and eloquent playing styles presented along the way. Timing is spot on within the modern-day woodwind driven Jazz pieces. Young holds his own remarkably well given his background he is originally a Saxophonist by trade. He is not to be underestimated in any way, shape of form. He deserves allot of credit for delivering an amazing musical personality yet with a unique mystical musical signature that reflects his origin. He is a gifted player, composer and musical storyteller. His line-up of players are a perfect fit for him. The music possesses a very earthy mystique. Some pieces even cross the line into classical. All in all great music to eat a Sunday morning brunch to. Definitely classic jazz yet amazingly conservative. Music is timeless, very passionate and emotional. Will hear touches of Shakuhachi, Xylophone, Piano, Alto Flute, Flugelhorn, Koto, Marimba, and Percussive elements layered everywhere. The songs Simply put - all songs are well rounded with amazing highs and powerful lows. There’s nothing like an earthy musical production to fill your sonic space,  this is definitely one of them. Simply put, very much like life itself this CD personifies life experience, with music that are 100% honest, pure & genuine. The production professional grade from start to finish with crystal clear recording quality. There's not many songs you can listen to time and time again. The good Remarkably consistent, well rounded musical production. The bad When compared to other CD's within this elite genera it's fair to say a few tracks sloppily flow and ebb within the free form Jazz format and are to say the least loosely choreographed. It goes without saying effective improvisation is an art form that is reserved by the masters. Also the CD lacks what I would call thick bottom end punch. this is especially evident when you hear the Percussive touches. The ugly Nothing to report. 

 

The verdict Lost in the Wood by Karl Young is an impressive collection of music. It shines with a rare brilliance comparable to a priceless gem. It clearly sets a standard within this truly amazing genre and the more you listen to it, the more magic will reveal itself to you. Folks who want a colorful Contemporary Jazz sound to fill their air will love this release. If you are a fine restaurant, Art Shop or Coffee Shop owner - trust me when I say you want this CD in your hands. It's quite marketable in that respect. Just hit play and see where this musical journey takes you. The Bottom Line This CD is comparable to a fine bottle of wine. Every now & then it's an absolute pleasure to indulge in.

 

Markus Druery

Indieshark Music Critic

 

          

 

 

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