From the Ashes kicks off with an upbeat Heart Promise. Vibrant in sound and abundant in textures, Yandall sets a danceable groove on guitar. Drummer Joel Rosenblatt confidently drives the song without overpowering the horn section. The B3 organ is the perfect combo to Yandall’s fluid guitar work in Hope Springs Eternal. Yandall slows things down to a finger-snapping pace in All Day Music.
Italian saxist Ada Rovatti and trumpeter Randy Brecker join forces for a simmering Hot Pockets. Will Lee on bass sizzles, while Yandall lets the guitar heat things up on this one as well. By contrast, First Dance is a soundscape of rhythmic delights with a bluesy and romantic vibe.
While each track captured my attention, my overall favorite was The Land of Aros. Hot Latin percussion by Joel Rosenblatt and Yandall’s steaming guitar lines make this a remarkable tune. As the album comes to a close, renowned keyboardist Scott Wilkie will serve as one of the special guests on Yandall’s saucy Firestorm.