All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

3

Alicyn Yaffee: Someone Else

C. Michael Bailey By

Sign in to view read count
Dyspeptic in my late 50s, in a fit of self-pity, I have said, "Youth is wasted on the young." That is so much sour grapes on my part given to a questionably-misspent youth. What I wish for the young, sadly tilting at Mother Nature's windmills, is to remain young forever. I certainly wish this for vocalist/guitarist/composer Alicyn Yaffee, who made her recording debut in 2016, with the self-produced Someone Else. She composes music with rounded corners and informed melodies. Her lyrics are topical cutting to the bone on personal, social, and cultural levels.

On Someone Else, Yaffee leads a nominal quintet of shifting responsibilities. She shares "front instrument" status with trombonist Jeff Cressman, husband of singer Sandy Cressman and father to the multi-talented Natalie Cressman. The trombone provides a beautifully rounded foil to Yaffee's own bell-clear guitar playing, a combination very pleasing (and soothing) to the ear. Her guitar approach is at once angular and cranky and melodic and progressive. She emulates no one save herself that presents that most effectively. The centerpiece of the recording is the instrumental "Lonely Lemon Pie Girl" an infectious piece of organ-guitar jazz that would make Grant Green smile. Here is to many more years with you, Ms. Yaffee!

Track Listing: Alicyn Yaffee: guitar, voice; Benny Rietveld: bass, keyboards; Pepe Jimenez: drums (2,7-9); Cindy Blackman Santana: drums (3,4,6); Jeff Cressman: trombone, French horn; Ronnie Foster: Hammond B3, piano (3,4,6).

Personnel: Benji's Tune; Lost; Lonely Lemon Pie Girl; White Lies; Older; Codes; Someone Else; Water; Get Away; They Say.

Title: Someone Else | Year Released: 2016 | Record Label: Self Produced

Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

Shop Music & Tickets

Click any of the store links below and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

Related Articles

Read Return to the Future CD/LP/Track Review
Return to the Future
by Mark Sullivan
Published: November 17, 2018
Read Telepathy CD/LP/Track Review
Telepathy
by Chris Mosey
Published: November 17, 2018
Read The Whole Thing Is Just There CD/LP/Track Review
The Whole Thing Is Just There
by John Bricker
Published: November 17, 2018
Read Haydn: Symphony No. 39, Symphony No. 87, Mozart – Sinfonia Concertante CD/LP/Track Review
Haydn: Symphony No. 39, Symphony No. 87, Mozart –...
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: November 17, 2018
Read Rogue Star CD/LP/Track Review
Rogue Star
by Glenn Astarita
Published: November 17, 2018
Read Out in the Open CD/LP/Track Review
Out in the Open
by Jack Bowers
Published: November 16, 2018
Read "Your Queen Is A Reptile" CD/LP/Track Review Your Queen Is A Reptile
by Karl Ackermann
Published: June 14, 2018
Read "Contemporary Chaos Practices" CD/LP/Track Review Contemporary Chaos Practices
by Don Phipps
Published: November 16, 2018
Read "Colors" CD/LP/Track Review Colors
by Matt Hooke
Published: November 7, 2018
Read "Roberto Magris Sextet Live In Miami @ The WDNA Jazz Gallery" CD/LP/Track Review Roberto Magris Sextet Live In Miami @ The WDNA Jazz Gallery
by Karl Ackermann
Published: December 2, 2017
Read "Taktlos Zurich 2017" CD/LP/Track Review Taktlos Zurich 2017
by Glenn Astarita
Published: March 30, 2018
Read "Cinema" CD/LP/Track Review Cinema
by Mark Corroto
Published: March 15, 2018