Gregg Young & the 2nd Street Band | Instrumentally Yours

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Instrumentally Yours

by Gregg Young & the 2nd Street Band

Smooth Jazz Artist of the Year album in the LA Music Awards. This album was also considered in the "C" Jazz category for a Grammy as Best Instrumental Composition and Best Jazz Instrumental Solo as well as nominated for Best Jazz at the 1st Annual HMA's.
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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1. 4 Bell
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2. 3 Little Birds
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3. Rain Cried Softly
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4. Lively Up Yourself
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5. U - Center
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6. Yosemite Snowflake
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7. Hot Hot Hot
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Ryan Ritchie

“Instrumentally Yours”
Smooth Jazz Artist of the Year, LA Music Awards – Every town has a guy like Gregg Young. He’s a multitalented musician whose guitar-playing chops rival his band-leading skills. He might not be a household name, but that’s a good thing for people who don’t like the hassle of expensive ticket prices, overly crowded concerts and hack performers. If talent equaled success, Young would be Elvis, Muhammad Ali and the New York Yankees rolled into one. His latest disc is a seven-song adventure that is the musical equivalent of a brisk walk through a park. As the title suggests, this is an instrumental disc that was inspired by Young & company’s stint at the ArcLight Cenerama Dome in Hollywood (where they play every Friday and Saturday). I wish I had gotten around to reviewing this earlier, as “Instrumentally Yours” makes for a great listen on any given summer day. The album kicks off with a jazz/funk/groove number called “4 Bell” that is punctuated by a scorching trumpet solo by Dr. Bobby Rodriguez. Songs two and four (“3 Little Birds” and “Lively Up Yourself”) are steel-drum interpretations of Bob Marley songs that would have the late reggae superstar swinging his dreadlocks with joy. The third song, a previously released tune called “Rain Cried Softly,” was included on
Young’s three-song disc that benefited Aquarium of the Pacific and Long Beach Schools. But my favorite is track six, “Yosemite Snowflake.” It’s got a great piano solo by Theophilus “T” Coakley and a melody that gets toes tapping and hips shaking. If funk/jazz/groove/island music sounds tempting, Young and the 2nd Street Band won’t disappoint. – Long Beach Pres Telegram Music Review – Local Burns Thursday, September 27, 2007 Ryan Ritchie

Music Listener in Long Beach

“Instrumentally Yours”
As I listen to “Instrumentally Yours,” I lack the musical vocabulary to compliment the art of you and your band-mates. I listen to a great deal of what’s known as smooth jazz, and your arrangements are clearly among the very best. I hear the legacy of Wes and Carlos, but there is a fresh vitality to all the sounds. Along the way, I hear perhaps the heritage of Monk and Mongo. Marienthal is his own category. Love the bass! The dialogues between you and the steel drums are magic and I think to myself lucky that my son, his girl-friend and I heard a bit of your music last evening at The Dome, Arclight, Hollywood CA, that I had a chance to chat, and buy your disc.

Jazluvr51

Funky & Solid – Bring on Gregg Young
The Combination of funky keys, soulful sax, solid percussion, muscular bass lines, the call of the steel drum, and a searing guitar here on guitarist Gregg Young’s “Instrumentally Yours” CD all makes for a nice concoction of slightly retro funk, rock, and reggae passages here. The project only sports 7 tracks, but they’re pretty solid.
Young and his band, The 2nd Street Band, deliver it nice and smooth, with plenty of punctuation in the right places. A great addition to your CD library!”

Professor Photoshop

Instrumentally Beautiful!
Rain Cried Softly is my favorite tune by Gregg, and I’ve been a fan of the 2nd Street Band since the late 80s. Gregg has such a talent, and surrounds himself with artists such as Bobby Rodriguez, Chris Wabich, “T” and the rest of the band. Very enjoyable!