"One of the more interesting projects I’ve heard thus far in 2011, bassist Reggie Young offers a diverse field of moods on his latest release, Steppin’ Up. There are well-played, well-written, well-phrased, and well-conceived tunes on this CD, which, by the way, also features award winning saxman Darren Rahn." " To say Young is well-rounded in terms of tastes is an understatement. Though the project as a whole suggests the aforementioned jazz fusion climate, the diversity is quite interesting–almost riveting."
"All too often bass player-led albums become self-indulgent affairs with one ponderous jam following another. Here, though, Young uses his instruments not just to underpin the dynamic rhythm but also to lead (at least in parts) the melodies thereby enabling him to cover more generic bases – soul, funk, jazz, smooth jazz and rock. In places the playing will remind you of the great Marcus Miller – never more so than on 'Funk Avenue'. This one's a deal like the classic 'Maputo' which Miller helmed for David Sanborn and Bob James. Here the Sanborn role is taken by Darren Rahn while Garnet Walters' keys sparkle just as brightly as James' did."
"On this CD Reggie delivers a new sound with his 5 & 6 string performances. While displaying many dimensions of technique, Young also maps out beautiful melodies on every track. “Steppin’ Up” features some of todays top musicians such as saxophonist Darren Rahn, Tyrone Birkett and more. And already getting excellent reviews, Young’s new CD is steppin’ up with the best of them."
“Steppin’ Up is standout bassist Reggie Young’s latest music project, released July 5, 2011 on his own label, RGY Entertainment. Steppin’ Up is an exceptional ‘jazz’ effort, but ultimately transcends the confinements of one concrete style of music, shifting between jazz, soul, funk, rock, gospel, and reggae. Young’s restlessness as an artist makes Steppin’ Up such an exciting and worthwhile jazz offering, shedding the clichés and providing an enthralling listening affair throughout its fifty-three minute duration. “Seven Days” continues the upward swing, this time with a clever mixed-meter groove, providing a nice change of pace. The synthesized lines work as well as always, but it is Young’s upper register bass ruminations (think of Jaco Pastorius on Weather Report’s “A Remark You Made”) that help to shape the cut.”
"Play For Me" is where Reggie displays a slap bass technique that is nothing short of Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten in one. But don't judge him on one track. Reggie is one of todays most versatile electric bassist. From the five string bass to the six string bass Reggie Young is outstanding on tracks 1 through 13. Steppin' Up is a must have!"
“Reggie Young‘s earlier two CD projects "Among Friends" & "From Within The Realm" represents smooth jazz at it’s best. These songs are timeless and reflect amazing fresh talent performed in a instrumental array of showmanship to hear again and again.”
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