JEFF YOUNG'S NEWEST RELEASE, "WHERE THE OCEAN MEETS THE SKY" IS NOW AVAILABLE
Where the Ocean Meets the Sky is the answer to a question if the question is where do I live. Welcome to Santa Monica. I have lived here longer than Mt. Vernon, Ithaca, London, and all those tiny apartments in NYC. Where the light bounces off the ocean that also cools the air. Where I met my wife Susanna through my working with Jackson Browne.
There are many musicians that helped me with this project. Their expertise, groove and home studios made all this possible. Especially my son Skyler who mixed several tracks on this album.
Have a listen or stream at BANDCAMP. This music is also on CD if you still have a player.
I’d love to hear from you. Let me know what you think.
All songs on 2020|2021 were written and recorded during the Covid-19 Pandemic with my son Skyler Young. Like everyone else, emotions were high as I was trying to understand what was going on in the world. Each song represents a thought or emotion of that time. The first volume Poets & Point Guards I, released in 2019, was influenced by musicians in New York like Will Lee, Oz Noy, and Van Romaine. In Los Angeles my good friends Jorgen Carlson and Erik Eldenius helped make this recording possible. All inspired by my wife Susanna and her Paperlove Boutique, my youngest son Nico in his final year of studies at UCLA, and from my oldest son Skyler who co-produced and mixed 2020|2021 Poets & Point Guards ll. I found some peace and paradise in lockdown working with other musicians, poets, songwriters. Consider this one big gumbo of Rhythm & Blues you can take home with you.
Rhythm and Blues is something I've been doing for a long time. There are also Blues Rock'n'Roll, Jazz harmonic structures, and singer/songwriter lyrical things I've learned from Jackson Browne, Steely Dan, Sting, and Tracy Chapman whose bands I have worked in. Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, pretty much describes what I do in my music. CHOOSE YOUR OWN UNKNOWN.
I wrote a musical called One Hit Away about a guy who believes that one hit will settle his past and secure his future. With leading man talent, good looks and charms for the ladies, and many suits to fit his soul, he goes west to find the American Dream, Or is it the impossible dream? Here's a song about this guy I call Pure Herringbone.
Many moons ago my friend Vinny Mangeluzo showed me this red Wurlitzer electric piano in his cemetery of forgotten musical instruments. I was so charmed the first time I played it that I talked him into selling it to me. It was not only the fact of it sounding good with just the right amount of Tremelo thru its tiny speakers, but it seemed to help me find good songs too. Like they were always there just waiting to be played. All the songs on this CD were written on my little red Wurlitzer piano with a little help from my musical friends: Jorgen Carlsson, Steve Ferrone, Erik Eldenius, Sheldon Gomberg, Van Romaine, Bill Churchville, Patrick Warren, Lincoln Schleifer, Rob Paparozzi, Mike Campbell & Drew Zingg.
Jeff Young & The Youngsters was a band that assembled to play a regular night in an Irish Bar in Queens and was a really good band, so good that Donald Fagen taking a break from Steely Dan hired us to be the rhythm section of an event called New York Rock & Soul Review. We were close to making a record, but no cigar.
The members were:
Jeff Young - Keyboards & Vocals
John Hagen - Tenor & Soprano Sax & Vocals
Drew Zingg - Guitar & Vocals
Lincoln Schleifer - Bass
Denny McDermott - Drums
This photo was taken by William Coupon with much help from Lisa Young sometime in 1990 in New York. The track is a live track, "Lonely Teardrops" sung by Michael McDonald.
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