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Inside Out

by Hans York

The English debut solo album by Award winning, National touring Singer-Songwriter Hans York. From the opening note of the first (and title track) "Inside Out", listeners will encounter an inspiring journey into the heart and mind of a true world musician
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1. Inside Out
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2. Listen to the moon
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3. Lives Apart
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4. Bored out of my mind
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5. California Waltz
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6. Outside In
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7. Miss You
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8. Safety is Soulless
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9. What If
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10. Spirit of the Land
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11. Empty Tin
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Album Notes
"Nominated Best Acoustic Album" Indie Acoustic Project

"Hans York creates music with brilliant emotional momentum. He's a consummate musician, traveling between folk and jazz and pop effortlessly, while his voice soars above it all. Seeing him live, you understand that you are experiencing a world-class talent. His joy is infectious and his chops are superior." (Kym Tuvim, Seattle, WA)

"Hans York is a man of vast musical talents and one of the best songwriters around."
(European Weekly)

“York's voice feels as smooth as an FM-Jazz announcer and pulls me right in. It's the perfect voice to front such richly textured music. He's a true Renaissance musician, skilled in many genres, knowing exactly how to blend them and sweep me off my feet.”
Jennifer Layton (Indie-music.com)

German-born, Seattle-based, Award winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Hans York has quickly made himself a name as an extraordinary DADGAD player and strong, engaging performer with a distinctive style and an irrepressibly delightful and approachable manner. His intimate and distinctive voice draws comparisons to Sting, Paul Simon, Kenny Rankin or Michael Franks and captures the audience instantly with its honesty and clearness.

He accompanied Robert Palmer on German TV, toured as bass player with the New York Broadway Ensemble, played with US national Scottish Fiddle Champion Jamie Laval all over the US and in Scotland, toured throughout Europe with master harp player Rüdiger Oppermann, and performed a Concerto as Soloist on fretless bass with the "Ars Quittilinga" Chamber Orchestra. (Concerto written by contemporary East German composer Thomas König) Hans York co- founded the German Worldmusic cult band Moka Efti and recorded three CDs with them. The third album, “Fata Morgana” features US saxophonist Charlie Mariano and producer/saxophonist Heinrich von Kalnein (Vienna Art Orchestra).

Hans spent six months in Rio de Janeiro where he studied Samba, Bossa Nova and popular Brazilian music, an experience that upon his return to Germany, inspired his first solo album “Hazzazar” and the follow up “Sau Gut.”

With his first American album “Inside Out” York breaks down the walls between world, pop, folk, jazz and acoustic music, by blending these styles with elegance and grace, resulting in a refreshingly original and intriguing work that shines with imagery and a joyful celebration of life and love.

Hans York is a world musician in the true sense of the term, drawing most of his present day inspiration from his vast eclectic background.


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Christy Claxton

From Donald Fagan, to Sting to Brian Wilson...
Good independent music requires a world community to make it. Otherwise, it all just starts to sound alike. Anyone who’s ever read my rants in the past knows that there is a particular brand of music that I just can’t stand, and it tends to operate on a formula, and it sells millions of records. It doesn’t really require talent to perform either. Fortunately, I’m continually rewarded by things that do require skill and talent. For instance, I’ve got a nice CD spinning in my truck that was sent to me by German super talent, Hans York. York now resides in Seattle, and this guy works hard. His 2005 release, Inside Out, is a testament to his ability. Hard work created that skill. If you’re fan of smooth jazz, Latin rhythms, pop, or just damn good musicianship, give this CD a try.

My first comparison-like impressions ranged from Donald Fagan, to Sting to Brian Wilson. Not just anybody gets compared to one of these guys much less all three. You gotta be good to grab that kudos. Therefore, let me say that the musicianship on Inside Out is outstanding. In fact, York is so confident in his ability that he tosses the vocal reigns to a fellow German on one cut, “Safety is Soulless.” This tells me that I’m listening to a musician who is totally into the music, its arrangement and ultimate production. Sort like a perfectionist, maybe? I think it is almost more appropriate to call York “producer” first and “performer” second. He enlists a number of talents to write, arrange and perform on this disc. The result is a smooth, well crafted piece of work that deserves to be listened to with a bottle of wine that has been given as much care as York’s creation; maybe a 2001 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon? That’s how I’d do it.


“Inside Out” is an adult contemporary jazzy rock album that weaves and pops in g
Performing with a tuning of DADGAD, Hans York is no stranger to eclectic and youthful energy. “Inside Out” is an adult contemporary jazzy rock album that weaves and pops in great hooks. As a singer/songwriter he displays strong command of smooth arrangements. After having spent six months in Rio de Janeiro studying bossa nova, samba, and Brazilian pop he composed his first solo album “Hazzazar” and its follow-up “Sau Gut”. When he isn’t playing guitar alongside US National Scottish Fiddle Champion Jamie Laval, Hans York is busy crafting and honing his spiritual pop-rock tunes with a soul all his own.

Kevan Breitinger

Hans York’s first English release is elegant, intuitive, and delightful
Hans York’s first English release is elegant, intuitive, and delightful. His many years of global musicianship pay off richly in these engaging and diverse songs. He has assembled a band of players equally sensitive, and together they offer up the distinctive, brilliant music that is the perfectly produced Inside Out.

One of the most compelling traits of this music is its intimacy. York’s vocals are smooth, clear and seductive, reminiscent of Michael Franks. He easily captures your attention alone or in his perfect pairing with the similarly wonderful Elke Diepenbeck. Together they are unstoppable, a sweet force of nature.

There’s a great mix of genres and influences sprinkled throughout the CD. Some flawless waltzes (the definitive “California Waltz”), jazzy pop songs with Brazilian influence, and several eclectic ballads make for a potpourri of perfection. Guest artists are well placed throughout; check out Orville Johnson’s slide guitar work on “Miss You,” and the amazing harp solo on the haunting standout track “Listen to the Moon.” Pardon my rave, but Hans York’s lovely first English album is simply stunning, that’s all there is to it.

Eric Goetz

Beautiful songwriting -- masterful arrangements
Hans is truly a world-class musician. This is his best album, yet. Every song is strong, but the best is Listen To The Moon, with a memorable melody and touching lyrics.

Hans' influences are all over the map, but maybe the closest comparison might be Paul Simon. On this album, one hears everything from Brazilian percussion, to rock drums - from string bass, to harp. But, the backbone of the arrangments is Hans' stellar acoustic guitar playing. There are also some great McCartney-inspired piano-based songs, as well. Yet with all of the variety of instruments, the arrangements are still simple and beautiful, showing off Hans' masterful songwriting.

Dan'l ~ Portland Songwriters Association

Is Hans a New FolkJazz Great??
My bet is he's right in the pocket, the right sound, the right guy, the right fusionary blast, and right now and he's acheiving his well deserved critical mass as well as acclaim everywhere he goes! Hans York is the perfect meld of Renaissance Man meets the New World with his own out of the ordinary spin on everything. Grab this album it's a keeper! And keep your eyes peeled for his new work - "Young Amelia!"

Emily Pickrell

Hans York's Inside Out is a refreshingly original and intriguing CD
Hans York's latest CD, Inside Out, is a refreshingly original and intriguing work. Hans is both an accomplished songwriter and singer and a breathtakingly superlative guitarist who is professionally grounded in a wide range of musical styles, from Brazilian music to traditional Celtic to modern jazz. His compositions draw and blend these many styles with elegance and grace, with addictive melodies and arrangements, causing me to listen again and again to the CD, each time hearing a different level of depth. Especially lovely is "California Waltz", which uses the traditional structure of a waltz to explore unexpected and deeply satisfying harmonizations. His guitar work throughout Inside Out is especially delicate, expressive and highly evocative of the thought provoking messages of his songs. Inside Out shines with imagery and a joyful celebration of life and love. I heartily recommend the CD!!!

Minor 7th Webzine

Hans York is a little-known singer-songwriter both in his native Europe and his adopted American homeland, but if fate rewards excellence, this will change. York is a songwriting genius who has discovered surprising chordal resolutions and rhythmic grooves on "Inside Out" which hook you from hello. In the past, York has made a name for himself as a DADGAD acoustic player, but the Celtic melancholy of that tuning does not come through at all on "Inside Out." Instead, these are upbeat jazz-pop masterpieces more akin to those of Sting, Al Stewart or Stephen Bishop. In fact, his vocals, though ever-so-slightly accented from his German heritage, sound as if they were cloned from Bish on "Listen to the Moon." The title track and "Lives Apart" feature great acoustic guitar riffs that cascade from open strings characteristic of fingerstyle, yet are dovetailed perfectly into a pop framework instead. I found myself checking the credits to see who that great bass player was... York. On piano?... York. Obviously talented as a multi-instrumentalist and writer, York's production skills too hover impressively in the same higher ground. "Inside Out" is one indie release that the labels should heed.

DJ Manusa - Indie Cafe Radio

...truly great writers, such as Sting...
Hans York has an interesting background and it's perfectly reflected in his music. Good stuff, with the title track "Inside Out" a wonderful fusion that I really liked. Also Lifes Apart and What If. I was thinking that unique chord structures,etc reminded me of the truly great writers, such as Sting, only to see the reviewer from minor7th saying the same things. Must be true.

Mark Hadley

A clever mix of traditional song writing with modern production techniques.
A pure pop song, ‘Inside Out’ begins with a delicate, layered, picked guitar and a sampled beat. Then straight in with the catchy hook of ‘from the inside out’ and the lush vocal harmonies.

There is evidence of real composition here and the musicianship is second to none throughout. Hans has an intimacy to his voice that sounds as if he is singing personally to you - and that he knows you are listening…

‘Listen to the Moon’ is a different version than on the website, enhanced with the inclusion of a female vocal harmony, udo bass and subtle use of a harp. The last vocal note of ‘moon’ is rather impressive and difficult to emulate!

A fast acoustic guitar riff in ‘Lives Apart’ really grabbed my attention. The call ‘n’ response nature of the vocal/riff interplay in the chorus make this song very memorable and one of my favourites on the album.‘Outside In’ is more of an interlude than song and sees Hans going off in an almost psychedelic direction.

‘Spirit of the Land’ tells of his simultaneous concern and hope for the next generation and showcases Hans’ vocal talent with long, extended notes.

All through there are subtle inclusion of sounds; use of droning, atmospheric synthesisers and environmental samples. This album is a clever mix of traditional song writing and instrumentation, with modern samples, layered harmonies and flawless production.

Unsigned Music Magazine

I utterly enjoyed listening to Inside Out.
Catchy memorable hooks, just listen to Lives Apart and you’ll see what I mean - it has an eclectic mix of tunes, from the classically inspired California Waltz to the almost jazz/soul cut Miss You. The album offers something for everyone...wait, I’ll take that back it offers something for the person that understands what makes a truly great song; and that has nothing to do with cool synth sounds and vocal tricks, but everything to do with great lyrics and composition.
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