ALEX YELLOWLEES BAND LIVE! – £12 + P&P

This recording captures the excitement and raw energy as well as at times the touching intimacy of Alex leading his band in front of a live concert audience. The recording was taken at the Peebles Eastgate Arts Centre on the 30th of May 2015. It features many of the songs Alex and his followers love as well as a songs that are from the gypsy jazz genre. A wonderful recording in it’s own right and an excellent companion for those that already have the “Life Changes” album.Alex Yellowlees Band Live CD

Track Listing

  1. Chicago
  2. Crazy Rhythm
  3. Darn That Dream
  4. Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans
  5. Honeysuckle Rose
  6. I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
  7. Little Suede Shows
  8. Minor Swing
  9. One Note Samba
  10. Tea For Two
  11. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
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LIFE CHANGES – £12 + P&P

Released in 2008, Life Changes is a studio recording which highlights some of the best loved repertoire of the Alex Yellowlees Band. This album has been a firm favourite of fans and new comers to the Alex Yellowlees Band.Life Changes

Track Listing

  1. Fascinatin’ Rhythm
  2. Sunshine of My Life
  3. Minor Swing
  4. Chicago
  5. September in the Rain
  6. Makin Whoopee
  7. One Note Samba
  8. Isn’t She Lovely
  9. Crazy Rhythm
  10. Autumn Leaves
  11. Lady Be Good

Band Line Up: Alex Yellowlees – violin, Guitar – Ged Brockie, Guitar – Mike Nisbet, Double Bass – Kenny Ellis

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REVIEW FROM JAZZREVIEW.COM

Life Changes, the latest CD of Scottish gypsy jazz violinist Alex Yellowlees, attempts to introduce a lot to the newbies to this subgenre while apparently continuing to fascinate his followers.

This is a pretty well-oiled machine, as the guitar (which shares a lot of the action here) and bass lines go a long way in helping to clearly elaborate on what Yellowlees is attempting here, while his very expressive violin does much to lay down the message.

The violin touch to the blues, in and of itself, offers a fresh perspective to this music. There are masterful hooks and pleasant melodies, all of which serve him and the album extraordinarily well here. An example would be the bluesy little swing number, “Minor Swing,” which has more than a little foot-tapping quality. The guitar solos here and elsewhere on the album are vibrant, sure, and deliberate.

As Yellowlees’ bio sheet states: “There are 11 wonderful renditions of songs past and past…. and several arrangements written for the album have crafted a subtle new perspective on old favorites which gives the release a magic of its own.” Yes, I think I’m comfortable in agreeing with that assessment. Give this one a listen, and I’m sure you’ll find yourself in agreement, as well.