Jeff Wyatt | Reflections at Every Corner

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Reflections at Every Corner

by Jeff Wyatt

With the eclectic concept album 'REFLECTIONS AT EVERY CORNER', veteran guitarist, songwriter JEFF WYATT presents a clever mix of Blues, Pop, Rock, Folk, Jazz, Ethnic, World and Classical music influences in his unique acoustic and electric song stylings.
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1. Life At Every Station
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2. Take It From Me
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3. Kerala Sunset
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4. Part-time Love, Full-time Pain
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5. And Through It All
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6. Saving Grace
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7. Albania
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8. If She Could Know
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9. Thank You For Loving Me Again
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10. In Her Own Time
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11. Shenandoah
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12. Corae Corae
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13. Reflections at Every Corner
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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“My work has been described to me as an interesting mix of styles resembling that of artists like Ry Cooder, David Wilcox, Mark Knopfler, Neil Diamond, Johnny Cash, Gordon Lightfoot, Jeff Beck and others. Well,...I'm truly humbled at the mere thought of any such remote comparisons to these musical giants. Personally I just think I sound like me,... whatever that is,... however, all those personalities have certainly influenced my playing and writing.”
(Jeff Wyatt – 2008)
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With the eclectic concept album 'REFLECTIONS AT EVERY CORNER', veteran guitarist, singer, songwriter Jeff Wyatt presents a clever mix of Blues, Pop, Rock, Folk, Jazz, Ethnic, World and Classical music influences in his original and unique acoustic and electric song stylings. You’ll hear interesting and imaginative guitar and piano instrumentals, as well as songs with a moody and thoughtful lyric content that is both personal and reflective. If you like piano, finger-style acoustic guitar, electric and slide guitar in both raw upbeat, and smooth laidback settings delivered along with deep, rich vocals,... you’ll enjoy this disc. The textures of the occasional orchestrated section add color and warmth for your ears, mind and emotions to become carried away with.

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TO HEAR THE FULL LENGTH TRACKS OF THIS ENTIRE ALBUM GO TO
the RECORDINGS page at jeffwyatt.com
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**ALBUM REVIEWS**

“When I first listened to Jeff, his music really surprised me. The first track I listened to was Part-Time Love, Full-Time Pain, and I was floored at his ability to mix blues guitar, jazz bass, furious techno-esk drums (a la David Bowie's Earthling), and a strong vocal ability that is reminiscent of Johnny Cash. His music is catchy, but more so than that, it is powerful, with the ability to keep the sound fresh from track to track without ever loosing sight of the true musical nature of his art.”
(Jon Ostrow at 'MicControlblog.com' – independent music reviews.... Feb 23, 2009)
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“His guitar playing is attractive and soulful,... his singing... is not unlike Waylon Jennings..."
"His lyrics, too, have an honesty and sincerity that is appealing..."
"A song such as 'CORAE CORAE' makes you wonder how good an album he'd make if he concentrated on blues-rock."
(Tom Harrison - Vancouver PROVINCE.... March 18th, 2008)
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"Jeff Wyatt’s album Reflections at Every Corner achieves what a good album should. It showcases the well rounded talents of a musician, an artist and a personality. The first track on the album Life At Every Station foreshadows what is to come on the album through a pink floyd type of track where each song appears to be a different station of the radio. But that is about the extent to which Jeff uses production over music. From the next track on, the entire album is all about the music and the vocals. However, that is not to overlook the wonderful production values of the entire album. Every track has been recorded with a crisp quality (usually associated with jazz music) that enables the listener to hear the ins and outs and ups and downs of every instrument.

The songwriting here is quite good. Each song has a very strong melody and a well written hook. It is clear that Jeff took the time to meticulously write each chord change in order to create some contrasting sounds; that is what a melody needs to be interesting.

As a musician, more specifically a guitarist, Jeff is very talented. His abilities range from blues to jazz to country and here and there he plays some latin style licks. Each track on the album shows his abilities being applied in a different way, which is what makes the album so solid. It is very evident that this album was a true artistic outlet for Jeff, which shows in every powerful solo, melody and chord change written throughout.

Although I found it hard to dislike a single track on the album, I did find that certain tracks had more of a creative spark than others. Tracks such as Take It From Me, Saving Grace, Albania and In Her Own Time all have a driving energy that hits harder than anything else on the album, but it’s Wyatt’s piece Kerala Sunset that is the highlight of the album. Although it is fairly simple piece in terms of the entire band, the guitar playing in Kerala Sunset is high and above anything else I have heard from Jeff. Every pull of the string, hammer on and bluesy slide allowed Jeff to show off his personality and emotionality. There are also times on the album where the varying instruments create a renewed feeling from the rest, such as Thank You For Loving Me where the main focus is the piano and his voice. The form of the song is beautiful, sweeping in and out of a verse/chorus style of song with sections written in that allow Jeff to showcase his abilities on the guitar.

This album also showcases the vocal abilities of Jeff Wyatt. This is not the first time I have mentioned this, but Jeff’s abilities to mix jazz, and blues along with a Johnny Cash-esk style of vocals is uncanny. This album shows Jeff in top form singing deeply yet very smoothly; always keeping up with the intensity of the music itself. There are times when he overdubs his own vocals to create beautiful harmonies, but for the most part Jeff relies solely on the very interesting melodies that he has created.

At times, Reflections At Every Corner may seem like a blues album; at times it may seem like a jazz album. But there is no question that the originality and musicianship throughout the entire album will shine bright onto anyone who will listen to this album."
(Jon Ostrow at 'MicControlblog.com' – independent music reviews.... Mar 11, 2009)
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In August 2008 a CD review for REFLECTIONS AT EVERY CORNER was posted by veteran music reviewer Ron Bervoets at the Belgium site ROOTSTIME. (Ron also has the interesting job of doing interviews that are posted on the site. He has had the pleasure of interviewing blues legends that include Jim Suhler, Johnny Winter and John Mayall.) ROOTSTIME is a non-profit internet magazine and internet radio station that promotes the music of known as well as unknown singers/songwriters. The original review is in Dutch. Below is an English translation:
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'Although "Reflections at Every Corner" is a cd with a diversity that might be considered detrimental, it is interesting. In as much as the style of Jeff Beck is difficult to put a label on…this album ranges from jazz rock tinted guitar numbers, pure blues rock over calm laid back ballads and country tinted songs, all the way to folk and world music. Moreover, Jeff did most everything himself with his own portable studio. A mishmash one might think, on the contrary, this album presents itself as a small story incorporating all these musical styles. The cd begins, for instance quite original. You hear Jeff seat himself, turn on a cheap transistor radio and pass the dial through all sorts of radio stations. Suddenly the sound quality improves, presenting "Take it From Me", a Celtic seeming song with mandolin. Into this he also brings a country as well as a folky atmosphere, along with a voice that is reminiscent of Waylon Jennings. Seamlessly, this song blends into a long guitar number "Kerala Sunset"; a beautiful, dreamy instrumental which introduces itself with the sounds of ocean waves and seagulls. This atmosphere perfectly reproduces that of a sunset on an Indian beach, where you hear the clear influences of Jeff Beck; a man who Jeff Wyatt admits to be an admirer of. Jeff is mainly a guitarist, but he also plays bass guitar, piano and other instruments. In "Part-time Love, Full-time Pain” he plays a virtuoso bass which is a reminder of another one of his heroes, Jaco Pastorius, who passed away from us much too early. "Saving Grace" is an Indian style instrumental with tabla and acoustic guitar, bringing folk and world music together. The dark, distinct sounding song "Albania" is delivered with the vocal help of singer songwriter Camille Miller. This follows with the slow, classical sounding piano ballads "If She Could Know" and "Thank You For Loving Me Again" which features a beautiful intense guitar solo, with Jeff delivering all he has. Once again we change the pace with something very different; "In Her Own Time", dedicated to a deceased friend, Kasandra. Beginning with a recording of loose shreds of a conversation with her, this song features searing slide guitar. The traditional "Shenandoah" is a beautiful distinct adaptation, following which we get "Corae Corae" near the cd’s end, sounding much like a blues rock version of the traditional folksong "Corinna, Corinna". The eleven-minute title track is a kind of symphonic epic, which brings us to the album’s conclusion. This is indeed a mixed plate. But for the superior beautiful guitar contribution, alone, this cd is worth the purchase.'
(Ron)
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**CREDITS**

All compositions © 2008 Jeff Wyatt (SOCAN) except Albania © 2008 Jeff Wyatt and Camille Miller (SOCAN)
All arrangements by Jeff Wyatt
LABEL: Cardboard Alley Music
RELEASE DATE: March 7th, 2008
PRODUCED BY: Jeff Wyatt
LABEL: Cardboard Alley Music
RECORDED AT: Druid Studios, New Westminster BC and Cardboard Alley Music recording facility, Coquitlam BC, between 2004 and 2007.
MUSICAL HELP: Harmonica in Corae Corae performed by John Evoy. Additional back up vocals in Corae Corae performed by Janice Wyatt, Rene Berard, Greg Dreysko, Hal Hand, Gordie Schultz, Roberta Mullen, Greg Bjork, Anne Leaman and John Evoy.
BACKUP VOCALS: in Albania performed by Camille Miller.
ENGINEERED & MIXED BY: Jeff Wyatt
MASTERED BY: Jamie Sitar at Suite Sound Labs, Vancouver.
ARTWORK & COVER DESIGN BY: John Evoy
PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Janice Wyatt and Steve Kotyk
CD REPLICATION, PRINTING & PACKAGING BY: Seth Goldberg and Digital Media Alliance, Vancouver.
PARTICULARS: Vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, bass and keyboards performed by Jeff Wyatt. Digital percussion, choirs and orchestrations programmed and performed by Jeff Wyatt. Recorded on a dual processor PowerMac G5. Software used included Digidesign Pro Tools, Garageband, Amplitube, Reason, Sampletank, Miroslav Philharmonik, Maxim and Amadeus Pro.


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