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Every Moment - Known more for his Native flute recordings, Joseph L. Young picks up his sax and carries it into unexplored territory on Every Moment -- a literal redefinition of the New Age genre.  Melding the soulful qualities of the instrument with layers of new age electronic keyboards yields a recording that is unique and ground-breaking.  Seldom does an artist bring a new element to the forefront in such dramatic and accessible fashion as does Young here.  Young integrates the sax into new age melodicism with style and aplomb throughout the album.  Superbly layered electronic keyboards, rhythms, and textures merge seamlessly with the sax melodies and the magic that ensues is breathtakingly gorgeous.

Every Moment - I know some reviewers are extolling how well Native flutist Joseph L. Young has incorporated sax (which was his first instrument learned) into a new age music environment on Every Moment (seeing as how the instrument is more closely associated with the jazz and blues/rock genres). And it’s true, Young has found a way at melding the sax's sultry sensuality into a genre that typically is anything but that. However, what astounds me even more is the sheer abundance of talent (both composing and performing) on every track and the virtuosity exhibited in crafting an assortment of "new age" styles. Equally impressive is Young's layering of many new age (and some chill-out) instrumental sounds (via keyboards, I imagine). Each of the twelve tracks is simply gorgeous to listen to on headphones as the attention to detail in the placement of the keyboard textures, the rhythms, and all of it is so spot on in relation to the sax. This could not have been easy, yet he and his wife (Lenise Redding) produced the album themselves, and Young handled the engineering and mixing. The mastering was by Andy Mitran. Well, come on. If you have heard any of Mitran's own music, you know how good this album sounds already!

 

Young, of course, owns the sax on every track, but his assortment of synths and keyboards just blows me away. The rhythms and ambient/new age textures on the title track just knock my socks off. The energetic track pulses with a blend of tribal drum beats and an ethereal jazziness to the sax as well as multiple layers of keys. Romantic piano and lush synth pads underneath open the title track, an ode to love if there ever was one. The lead sax melody is embellished with a wistful bell-like tone and subtle female chorales. At this point (track 3) on my first playing, I was thinking "Geez, where is the fan base for this cat? This man can play!" Even without his soulful sax on each number, Every Moment would still be an amazing collection of electronic keyboard new age music, on a par with many albums from the genre's golden age (late '80s to early '90s, in my opinion). However, throw in his sax playing (such as the softly soaring work on this particular track), and as Neo would say, "Whoa!"

 

Young switches it up on "Twilight," a track on which the sax has a more overtly sensuous sound, and the gentle sexy rhythms ooze sensuality as well. On headphones, there is a lot going on here in the background which colors the depth of the song with an unexpected ambiance. I know I am repeating myself here, but Young's choices of which keyboard sounds to use here (and everywhere) is textbook. The hushed yet dramatic chorales mid-song are counterpointed by subtle bass beats, while later the metronome-ish rhythms bounce off of bell tones in a variety of pitches. "Once In A While" features a chill-out beat more prominently, but new age melodicism is present as well. How he manages to fuse these two elements, not to mention the innate jazziness of the sax, and craft music so suffused with both beauty and catchiness is so damned impressive. Young pairs his sax with his other instrumental love, Native flute, on the interestingly-titled "Vicariously Blue," and he carries it off with not just style but with ease. I love the refrain here which also features a church-like bell sound. Even more chill out influences surface on "Continuum," as well as some real sax riffing. This track likely will appeal more to those who do appreciate a great jazz lick, but I don’t think new age fans will feel alienated unless their sensibilities are tuned to an extraordinarily high anti-jazz bias.

 

I could sing the praises of every song on Every Moment, e.g. the vocal ballad "Letting Go," featuring singing and lyrics by Rona Yellow Robe (no mention of which tribe she belongs to but the lyrics are part Native American and part English), the funky and playful "Eleventh Hour," and the peaceful closing tune, "Evening Repose." I was unprepared for how great this album would be, even though I knew Joseph L. Young had a lot of talent after listening to his previous release, Ethereum. But after playing Every Moment more times than I can remember, I am reminded of a scene from the Richard Dreyfus/Amy Irving film, The Competition. Dreyfus' character is supposedly the master class pianist, with Irving the newcomer. When she knocks it out of the park at the titular international piano competition, he is forced to confront the fact that she is better than him. She tells him "You knew I could play!" to which he answers "Yes, but not like that." Well, folks, I knew Joseph L.  Young could play, but not like this! Color me impressed and amazed.

 

Bill Binkelman

Zone Music Reporter

Every Moment - World-flute master and keyboardist Joseph L Young adds a soulfully refreshing element on his latest album, Every Moment, which follows his enchanting 2016 album, Ethereum. Having formerly played saxophone in the smooth jazz group Mobius Trip (that he co-founded), Joseph again pulls out his sax and gets creative on his latest album, which draws upon influences of jazz, new age and ambient/electronic music. Comprised of twelve compositions spanning approximately 62 minutes, sax is the lead instrument throughout, as Joseph adds synthesized layers and keyboards, gentle percussion and subtle world music touches along the way. Centered upon a theme of time, the compositions overall feel timeless, musing and imaginative. Guest musicians include world flutist Cornell Kinderknecht on "Time Traveler" and violist Lisa Bittick on "Chronos Dreams".

"Prism" opens the album with a subtle rhythmic pulse that underscores a soothing sax melody accompanied by synthesized vocal layers. A whimsical touch of Irish whistle joins the piece about half-way through, as both earthily sensual and dreamily spacey textures are woven among what could essentially be described as the quintessential 'space-jazz' composition. The next piece, "Falling Through Time", is easily my favorite on the album. True to its title, the composition seemingly bridges the past, present and future, while its dusky atmosphere simultaneously evokes images of mysterious ancient landscapes and modern city nightlife. Processed lyrical vocals lend the piece a subtle synth-pop flair amid a sensual ensemble of soulful sax, ambient textures and tribal-esque percussion.

Another one of my favorites is "Vicariously Blue", which features sax alongside Native American flute within an echoing chamber of organic-style percussion and low-humming chords. Another especially outstanding composition is "Letting Go", which initially opens with gentle spoken word courtesy of Rona Yellow Robe amid a subtle shamanic pulse. Her vocals soon extend to mantra-type singing, which pleasantly reminds me of the lovely Deva Premal. It's followed by "Eleventh Hour", a notably intriguing piece that's somewhat set apart from the rest with its comparatively more digitized effects and crunchy, quasi-industrial beat.

Meeting at the crossroads of new age, ambient and contemporary instrumental music, Every Moment will certainly appeal to a variety of listeners. Particularly, it brings-to-mind the more romantic space-jazz music of Jonn Serrie (think Ixlandia, Lumia Nights or Spirit Keepers), as well as saxophonist Paul Winter, thereby recalling some great "new age" classics. A mesmerizing album sure to be among this year's favorites, every moment of Every Moment is certainly time well spent!~Candice Michelle

For more information please visit the artist's website. This album is also available at Amazon, iTunes, CD Baby; and Google Play.

 

Every Moment - It’s what you can’t see.


There’s a quiet beauty in the music of Joseph L Young’s fifth album Every Moment. I was quite familiar with his flute work in the past, but this time he brings to the table the saxophone and serves it up in a New Age setting. Pretty unusual to begin with, but he makes the instrument palatable to the occasion. Every Moment is twelve tracks of New Age and contemporary instrumentals with a bit of subliminal jazz thrown in for good measure. One of the tracks is a spoken word piece and I’ll get to that later.


Young’s music is organic, harmonically-rich, and lyrical. The album highlights the concept of time in all its expressions; hours, times of day, seasons, years, and beyond. The voice of Young’s saxophone is sinuous and subtle. It interacts with the modest instrumentation like a friend. Joining Joseph are Cornell Kinderknecht on bansuri flute and viola by Lisa Bittick. Their
performances are complementary and unobtrusive.


The first cut is called Prism. Synth waves wash over the melody, but the sax comes in and guides the tune with a gentle voice. The prism in this case diffracts the music into sonic waves that please the spirit. Instead of colors we experience tones. The tin whistle in this cut gives it a slightly Celtic diffusion which is quite agreeable.


A soft voice and blissful piano befriends the track Every Moment. The title tune has a soft, melodic air that is a thank you made up of musical notes. Young’s composition suggest that the expressive act of offering gratitude is an ongoing process. The music flows, oh so gently and envelops the soul. It is a tender submission that is quite memorable.


Time Traveler revs things up and pushes the album forward. There’s no spinning lights, no strange machinery carrying you along. It is the magic of sound transporting you to another time. Once you arrive, everything is new and mysterious, but the journey is worthwhile. Be prepared to be amazed as you are whisked along on something beyond your mind’s perception. There are
some great layers in this tune that combine orchestral and smooth jazz elements into a fascinating story.


Joseph picks up his well-known Native American Flute for the tune Vicariously Blue. Yeah, you’ve got to love that title. How can someone else’s mood dictate your feelings? Let the music explain. Emotion is like waves. Sound is like waves. We are constantly washed in these waves whether we are aware or not. Young’s composition reveals these waves in the form of primal sounds touching the heart in many ways.


Letting Go, a tune with Native American elements is a show stealer on this recording. The emotive voice of Rona Yellow Robe tells a story of how the planet is in pain and decides to leave us, not the other way around. Young’s music is poignant as his instrument sings along with the narrator. In the background we can hear the earth breathing, the ebb and flow of breath is the percussion, the voice of the saxophone is the blood circulating through the planet. We are praying for a sense of balance.

 

Ocean waves wash ashore as night falls. The stars appear like sparkling gifts in the heavens and we are at peace. There is a boat at the dock. We can hear the strain of ropes, the gentle bump of the hull and the solitude that this night affords. Such is the ambience suggested by the final tune Evening Repose.


Joseph L Young has been teaching flute and garnering awards for some time. He currently lives in Idaho, but his musical roots are like those of the aspen. They are a living, breathing entity that go under the surface for untold miles, adding to the landscape above. In this case, it is the musical landscape. Every Moment is his fifth album and I highly recommend it. Furthermore, I look forward to hearing what the talented composer and musician comes up with next.

 

The concept of time is an important topic in philosophy, science and art. Time is also the inspiration behind Joseph L Young's fifth album "Every Moment". Here he is returning to his first instrument, the saxophone. It is a breathtakingly beautiful album where not a single note is wasted, it all serves a purpose; to communicate that love and the people around you are all that really matters.

 

Previous albums by Joseph L Young are "Ethereum" (2016), "Life Spring" (2013), "Face The Wind" (2010) and "Pathways" (2004). Young is not only a proficient musician and recording artist, but also an exciting and engaging on-stage performer, recording engineer, producer and arranger.

 

Prism
First track out is "Prism". The first you will notice is the wonderful mix of analogue sounding synths and the rich, fat saxophone. This is pure gold for any New Age music fan! It is the sound the late 1980s, when even mainstream pop songs had a 30 seconds sax solo in the middle. In "Prism" there's also a great flute segment. Layer upon layer the song grows and develops. It is a very nice effect indeed. "Falling Through Time" may seem simplistic in style with its pluck synth, but there's much under the surface here, including a ghostly vocal.

 

Making every moment count
"Every Moment" could have been extended to a complete album. The song is so emotionally charged and has many levels. I simply cannot believe that you can fit this much into a 5 minutes long song. But then again, Joseph is making every moment count. It is an absolutely brilliant song, an instant classic. Bravo! But don't take my word for it, check it out here:

 

 

Next out are "Twilight" and "Time Traveler". I love the atmosphere, which is both dark and bright at the same time.

 

My favorite track on the album is "Once In A While". The theme is magnificent. It has a very cool vibe and is custom-made for the saxophone. The synth backing too is amazing sound design. With "Vicariously Blue", "Continuum" and "Chronos Dreams" the album gets a bit more thoughtful and contemplative.

 

On "Letting Go" there are quite a few interesting layers of vocals and commentary - like that voice in your head telling you that it is time to let go and move on. We are close to the end, as illustrated by the song "Eleventh Hour". It has a somewhat futuristic sound, showing just how well the arrangement of saxophone on a backdrop of carefully selected synths is. The album closer "Evening Repose" gives time to think, backed by wonderful sounds of nature. Hitting the replay button at this stage seems like the only smart thing to do.

 

In conclusion: "Every Moment" by Joseph L Young is an inspired and heartfelt album. It is also a proof that there are way too few saxophone albums released as New Age music these days. Hopefully Young's rediscovered love for this instrument will last long. Or, in the spirit of the album, I should say forever.

 

Score: 91/100 - See how I rate music here.

 

Make sure to check out Joseph L Young's homepage.

Let Joseph L Young Guide You On An Enthralling Musical Journey To Enjoy…

 

​For his fifth album, acclaimed flutist Joseph L Young returns to the instrument which first awakened his muse—the saxophone. “Every Moment” combines soulful sax with flowing new age melodies, lightly sprinkled with elements of ambient textures and chilled rhythms. All of this is wrapped up in Joseph Young's usual top-notch production quality. Prepare to hear Joseph L Young in a whole new light, where every moment is musical bliss.

 

This is one very special album especially for new age, The lead instrument on most tracks is saxophone, but Joseph Young also plays keyboards, synths and a variety of flutes as well as supplying vocals in a few places. With influences from many cultures and music genres, this is an album that doesn’t fit neatly into any specific category, it’s a very unique album. There isn’t a weak track on this whole album, all 12 tracks are stylish and are fantastic listening,  “Every Moment” will be one of the Favorite Albums of 2018.

 

​The many layers of instrumentation make the 12 tracks on this CD a delightful journey for the listener. We love the mixture of all the instruments, the use of the synthesizer layered between the sax is brilliant. The atmospheres are a combination of New Age and Smooth Jazz. It’s a combination that certainly works very well, one listen isn’t enough, this wonderful combination of music styles and variety draws the listener and keeps them captivated.

A fine example of this kind of diversity we are referring to is the eleventh track (by no coincidence) titled “Eleventh Hour.” It starts off with a swirling synth emulating the wind then the track takes off and continues to evolve. With nearly 6 minutes of that sax mesmerizing you and the synth melting away your stress makes for a very interesting progressive composition that invites you to listen very carefully. It is more thought-provoking and energizing than meditative tracks, which many of the other tracks can be. This is what makes it all so intriguing, you never know what is coming next.

 

Joseph Young has delivered us an album that is very special, a memorizing journey into an intriguing world of music styles and combinations…Young regularly plays with Celtic-fusion, Latin-rock, and R&B groups - talk about versatility! Here on this New Album “Every Moment” he’s combining a wonderful range music styles.

 

“Every Moment” is an exceptional listening experience from the first note to the last, Joseph L Young gives us another masterpiece of sound and color to listen to and enjoy!

A must add to your music collection!

Every Moment is the fifth album from multi-instrumentalist/composer Joseph L. Young, but is a first for me. Man, I really need to catch up here, because this album is AMAZING! Ultra-smooth for quiet, relaxing times, it is also packed with substance for those who want to really listen to their music (like me!). The lead instrument on most tracks is saxophone, but Young also plays keyboards, synths and a variety of flutes as well as supplying vocals in a few places. With  influences from many cultures and music genres, this is an album that doesn’t fit neatly into any specific category except “really good!!!” There isn’t a weak track on this whole album (twelve pieces), and that doesn’t happen very often. I’m quite sure this will be one of my Favorite Albums of 2018.

 

Joseph L. Young grew up in Boise, Idaho and has been involved in music all of his life. He started playing saxophone in the sixth grade and began layering music on keyboards and synths a short time later. He released his first album, Pathways, in 2004 and his 2016 album, Ethereum, earned a number of prestigious awards and nominations. My guess would be that Every Moment will do just as well if not better. In addition to teaching and performing in flute gatherings and festivals throughout the US, Young regularly plays with Celtic-fusion, Latin-rock, and R&B groups - talk about versatility!

 

Every Moment opens with “Prism,” a dreamy piece with a gentle rhythm and silky-smooth sax. Young also plays a haunting tin whistle that is just perfect for this piece. (I’d like to see him play both instruments at the same time in concert!) “Falling Through Time” picks up the tempo a bit with a catchy rhythm behind the soulful sax. There are vocals in this piece, too, but they are somewhat in the background and serve as another colorful instrument. I really like this one! The title track is somewhat more ambient and atmospheric, velvety smooth and warm - gorgeous! The hypnotic “Twilight” soothes with a cooling, magical peacefulness that lets the cares of the day gently slip away. “Time Traveler” edges toward a very smooth jazz vibe and includes Cornell Kinderknecht on bansuri flute. “Vicariously Blue” (great title!) has a strong Native American flavor and is a duet for Native flute and sax plus percussion and other layered sounds. The flute and sax are both very earthy but in different ways, and make an enchanting duo - also a favorite. “Chronos Dreams” is warm and velvety and includes Lisa Bittick on viola - another soulful duo. “Letting Go” has a shimmering, ambient musical backdrop behind the lyrics and vocals written and performed by Rona Yellow Robe (the lyrics are translated in the liner notes of the CD). “Eleventh Hour” goes in a more intense direction with a sense of urgency that often sounds like a plea. Drums and percussion add a driving beat to the mix - also a favorite. “Evening Repose” has calming ocean sounds behind the languid sax and light keyboard, bringing this excellent album to a serene close.

 

Every Moment is an exceptional listening experience from the first note to the last, and I give it my highest recommendation! It’s available from Amazon, iTunes and CD Baby, among other outlets and platforms. 

EVERY MOMENT - There are times in my life when I come across an album that is so good it gives me the chills when I least expected it to do so, but Joseph L Young's latest release Every Moment has just done that, and continues to do so with every play.

 

Young this time is on Saxophone and incorporates other musical genius along with him to manifest something out of this world musically for us to enjoy. The skills of Young for instance on Tin Whistle, brings us such a mournful repose on the opening track Prism, while the sax of Young is played with such soul and oneness it's unbelievable.

 

Young's sensitivity as a musician is well known and here on Falling Through Time we explore not only that sublime touch, but also a slightly more rhythmic approach to this next composition, while Young is the constant master narrator on the sax, he also seems to be the magical creator who brings this simply delightful track all together with the consummate ease of a musical magician.

 

Now we move to the stunning title track and of course this is entitled Every Moment, the beginning of this beautiful opus is very ambient in its construction. Here we have a quality composition, the headline piece, which brings so many colours to the whole project, try gazing at the quite breath taking art work for this album, and listen to this particular track, it's very effective.

 

The moody and bass filled Twilight is now upon us and a more redolent piece reflective of this moment in time you will find. This deeply moving composition brings a really contemplative moment for us all, the synths, bass and percussion are creators of alternate dimensions that partner Young's sax to perfection.

 

On Time Traveler we have a totally different piece and we come across another friend of the flute in Cornel Kinderknecht, this time employing his talents on the Bansuri Flute. The sax of Young seems to tell the tale of the time travellers sojourns with the ease of a grand master; there is also a real energy of a movie soundtrack about this arrangement too.

 

The swirling synths at the start of the middle based composition Once In A While set the scene, the bass and beat is the foundation for something smooth, but spectacular, the movement of musical time is so very evident here, the refrain of Young's sax is so imploring and emotive, and will make this, with its many nuances, a must to return to piece again and again.

 

Joseph L Young returns to his Native American style for this next offering called Vicariously Blue. Young's smooth and poignant sax is joined by his Native American Flute, and their performance together creates something deep, but very respectful. The percussion and chimes add a layer of further soul to this already classy composition.

 

I adored the ambience that Continuum created for me, the song elevates its energy and manifests something quite special, here we can hear Young’s passion and heart on sax like never before. There is something so fluent and attractive about this piece, one can constantly sense the unceasing tick and tock of the relentless clock here as well.

 

Chronos Dreams is now with us; he is well known to us here in the Greek Islands and Cyprus, the God of all time. This steady and onward flow of musical crafting is perfection for the subject matter in question. The vastness of this composition is like time itself, immense and endless, and the construction of this track has that energy about its arrangement, kudos also to Lisa Bittick, whose Viola here was sublime.

 

We have moved now into the far reaches of the album and come across a fascinating opus called Letting Go, something I have done a lot of lately. For the first time Joseph is joined by vocalist Rona Yellow Robe, who also provided the lyrics as well. I found something quite spiritual about this offering, one could almost be forgiven for thinking this could actually be our mother Earth talking to us, however, the partnership with Young on sax, drew a really empowering narrative and one with much hope built into the overall track too.

 

Synths swirl around us once more as we arrive at the penultimate offering of the album and this one is called Eleventh Hour, there is almost a light rock feel about this piece that is pretty appealing, and the composition itself has a wonderful sense of anticipation of something big ahead within its construction, this is one of those pieces that I can see myself listening to frequently.

 

So, we have landed at the last composition on the album, but before the artist leaves this realm he has created, he will give us one parting musical gift to take home with us, and it's called Evening Repose. Natural sounds greet our ears and a sultry and soft sax manifests a vista so deeply relaxing and calming. I am pretty sure this is going to be played on my veranda this summer, as I gaze out at the ocean blue. At over six minutes it is the longest piece off the release, but it could have lasted for sixty minutes, I wouldn't have minded, it is simply the perfect way to the leave the album and shut down the day.

 

Every Moment by Joseph L Young is one of the finest albums I have heard this year, there have been a few now but it's so pleasing to hear so much quality out there. Young though on this album, has opened his heart and embraced his original muse, the Saxophone, and manifested something so pristinely beautiful, that it will flourish in all corners of the musical world, this is one you will absolutely not want to miss out on.

EVERY MOMENT - It has been a few years since I covered Joseph L. Young’s Ethereum  album. The focus on that album was the flute, now we have the arrival of Every Moment at the end of March. This time around there is a focus more on the saxophone, however, the flute is mixed in as well.

 

The many layers of instrumentation make the 12 tracks on this CD a delightful journey for the listener. I appreciated the mixture of all the instruments. The use of the synthesizer layered between the sax is brilliant. The atmospheres are a combination of new age and smooth jazz. I love that combination and most certainly would like to hear more. The variety is what draws me and keeps me interested.

 

When I looked at all of the influences of this artist it was a clarification of why I enjoy his music so much. Many of the artists mentioned, were some that provided an introduction to jazz and new age music for me as well.

 

Being pleased with a recording is acceptance. It is the first level of listening. I do not think you can go anywhere with the music unless you find commonality with it. For me, this was easy listening to Joseph’s offerings. The first thing is how you are stimulated by is the cover, which has many different meanings. It is placed before you to decide where you want it to take you. If Every Momentwas precious to you and you felt grateful to be alive, don’t you think that your existence here on this earth would be more rewarding? So maybe this is what the artist is trying to say on the cover of the CD and in his music.

I think the cover is a work of art and the music that follows is as well. Elements of world, Native American, jazz, new age, and chill are all part of the package on Every Moment. This album was a nice change from what I normally hear when listening to new age. It is very original and inventive. I hesitate to say unique but it definitely is an eclectic mix that I enjoyed from beginning to end. That is a major accomplishment for any artist to achieve with a listener.  When you hear so much music all the time it becomes harder to find originality and a step away from the norm. For my ears that is a fact.

 

A fine example of that kind of diversity I am referring to is the eleventh track (by no coincidence) titled “Eleventh Hour.” It starts off with a swirling synth emulating the wind then the track takes off and continues to evolve. With nearly 6 minutes of that sax mesmerizing you and the synth melting away your stress makes for a very interesting progressive composition that invites you to listen very carefully. It is more thought-provoking and energizing than meditative tracks, which many of the other tracks can be. This is what makes it all so intriguing, you never know what is coming next.

 

Joseph L Young gives us another masterpiece of sound and color to listen to. Just remember one thing, savor Every Moment of this gift of music and spirituality and thank Joseph when you can.

 

5/5 Stars

Every Moment - As I move into my 30th year of writing music reviews, I continue to be amazed by the high quality of music coming in here each and every day… and Joseph’s high quality work on his new release (due to be released in March, 2018) is one of the best examples of that perfection… as you’ll see on his BIO, he is a master of flute, keyboards and saxophone… you will find his musical discipline accomplishes exactly what he was trying to achieve (per the liner notes that accompanied this release… “I want my music to take listeners on a journey of discovery, to help them work through their emotions, releasing the negative as they grow and change, and serving as a catalyst to help with their transformation.”).  Songs like the 5:37 opener, “Prism” perfectly reflect his sincere love for music and the power it has to change the course of humanity… truly one of the most emotionally evocative compositions I have listened to (yet) in 2018!  Here's a “teaser” clip from the album.

 

Joseph has a whole host of music up on his YouTube channel, so be sure and SUBSCRIBE while you’re there.

 

Be sure you listen to this with your headphones on… things get out into the orchestral zone, and beautiful overtones are achieved on the 5:17 “Time Traveler”… Joseph’s string-work on this song will dig down deep into your soul and help you launch your own journey to the stars!

 

The dozen songs he has put together for the album are all pure joy, but one that includes Native American flute (by his friends Dan and Jean Selchow), “Vicariously Blue”, is certainly among my favorites… this tune will (I predict) be nominated for awards in more than one category (at ZMR & elsewhere, I suspect).

 

It is the weave of keyboard with saxophone and nature sounds on the closer, “Evening Repose”, that made it my personal favorite of the twelve offered up for your aural enlightenment… it is the longest composition on the album, and perfect for closure to the transformation you have experienced during this wonderful one-hour interlude.

 

I give this album a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99… it is definitely an album worth owning, and will give you aural pleasure for years to come.  Get more information about this highly talented composer at Joseph’s website.  You can also see a posting about the album at ZMR.

Ethereum"Listening to the music of Joseph L Young on his fourth and latest release, I was transported by his exquisite blend of the earthy and the ethereal… the worldly and the otherworldly. ..."  Read the Full Feature on Music and Media Focus by Michael Diamond.

Ethereum

The Magic of the Flute!

 

I listened to Joseph L Young’s Ethereum several times and in different ways. Joseph is a world master with the flute and he plays keyboards as well. To say he is multi-talented is the proper explanation to be sure.

 

I was very intrigued while listening to this music through my speakers however once I heard it through my iPod and ear buds the effects were more impactful. This is new age and world music intersecting to become one powerful entity.

 

I felt as if I was right inside this beautiful space that the artist had created with his music. There are several factors that come into existence when you are in this frame of mind. On a personal level, I was going through some emotional and physical pain and I needed some relief. The opportunity to take another road presented itself and I took it.

 

Ethereum opened the gateway to healing and a meditative state where all my difficulties no longer existed. It was like a higher power focused in on me and waved a hand to change everything. The earthy tones that emanate from the native wooden flute and layers of gentle synthesizer, is like taking the best of the old and new worlds to another level. I think Mr. Young found a level of magnificence that comes by being tuned in to your surroundings and a strong spiritual connection. This I believe is an energy source that drives and inspires you. I have found this to be realized in many different stages of life and in my own personal development. In this case, it was relating to music which can be a most useful tool to open a door to get to the other side.

 

If you seek a better space, a different mindset or just casual relaxation through sounds then I would highly recommend Ethereum. The trade-off is more than fair; your complete undivided attention to the music and the gift of enlightenment is received.

 

Artists such as Joseph L Young know how to do it all. The process of writing, recording and producing an entire album is a major accomplishment. If you have a multitude of abilities that you bring to the party to reach that goal, well that is just amazing.

 

Listen to the sounds of the magical and mystical flute provided by one of the best, bliss is guaranteed.

Ethereum - Joseph L Young is a world-flute master and keyboardist whose fourth album, Ethereum, is comprised of twelve beautiful compositions that showcase his multi-instrumentalist talents and keen ability to tap into the essence of music from various cultures. Among the instruments Joseph plays are Native American flutes, Chinese flutes, South and Central American clay drone flutes, Irish pennywhistle, and even Saxophone on one track. These exotic elements are deftly interwoven among indigenous percussion and atmospheric synthesizers, thereby lending an overall shamanic and trance-inducing quality to several of the compositions. ...

 

Brushed by colorful hues of various cultures throughout, it’s easy to slip into a deep zone while listening to this album. I’m especially fond of the many echoing effects and intricate textures throughout these beautifully relaxing and soulfully rejuvenating passages. ... Ethereum is a wholly rewarding excursion into ethno-ambient flute music!

 

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Ethereum - The delights of a good flute player are pleasing to the ear and mind, the pleasures of an excellent flute player are good for the heart and soul, and as is the case with Joseph L Young, they bring balance and harmony to the ever increasing cacophony of life’s frenetic life style.

 

Young is back with a new album called Ethereum, and from the very first offering called Wavelength, is as soft and silky as a summer cloud in July. The connection here is both clever and stylish, as we connect with the wavelength of Young’s intent, and begin yet another wonderful musical journey together. 

 

Ethereum as an album is very appealing and as a track, most exquisite in its construction, the plethora of flutes used in its manifestation are numerous, and thanks to these magicians of musical making, we can with ease, visualise wide open vista’s, beautiful forests growing in abundance in the early morning light, all in an utterly wonderful ethereal mist filled way. ... 

 

The longest piece off the release at just less than five and a half minutes is called Free. For me this is one of the most poignant tracks off the album, the added vocals here say it all, it’s time to be free and wash away all that is holding you back, all that you thought to be true about yourself, and simply be Free. This was my favourite song from this brilliant album; it reminded me of my friend Nigel Shaw from Dartmoor in style on flute, but the nice use of crescendo and the positive vibe that it contains really makes for me, the stand out composition from Ethereum. ... 

 

Ethereum is an album of pure bliss; it has a perfect sense of balance in its overall manifestation and creation, the tones are calming, the flutes are Young’s paint brushes and here our artist in residence has demonstrated and exhibited his best works for us to all enjoy. ... Joseph L Young and Ethereum, is a must for all who seek a little moment of sanity in a world filled with craziness. 

 

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Ethereum - "Delightfully far-reaching and inspirational, Ethereum is a treasure for aficionados of the flute, and connoisseurs of consciousness-expanding music. Highly recommended!"

Ethereum - "This is powerful music for meditation, relaxation, healing modalities, and ritual work. This magical music transports the listener into an alternative mind-space continuum. A fabulous album for all and highly recommended."  Read the Full Review.

Ethereum - "As pure listening fare, Ethereum is an ecology of meditative intellectualism contemplating itself inside and out, an oasis formed by closing one’s eyes and just listening, at which point the self expands into the world, and the mind-theater adventures become your own. But there’s more. ..."  Read the Full Review by Veritas.

Ethereum - "If you have not yet experienced the mesmerizing musical magic of flute master Joseph L Young, get ready."  Read the Full Review.

Ethereum

A Beautiful Journey

 

I recently wrote to Joe and told him I wasn't sure which genre/playlist his music fit into for me....so I created a Joe Young playlist for all 4 of his CDs...problem solved. Every time I listen to Ethereum I discover more layers and subtleties, while staying grounded in a journey that feels exciting and familiar (comforting). Listen to the song "Shimmer" and you'll discover why Irish whistles exist (they seem to have been invented just for this song). And the refrain in the song keeps me grounded in a familiar (there's that word again) place that is breathtakingly beautiful. Listen to "Past Lives" and visualize the dance between the low and high flutes...weaving back and forth...supporting each other while keeping you grounded. Buy Ethereum...start listening...take the musical journey that your soul has been waiting for. You won't be disappointed.

Ethereum - Come and enjoy the incredible flute-playing of Joseph L Young from his album ETHEREUM.  Find some site online where they let you sample the music and give a few of these tunes a listen.  You will not regret it.

 

Young is an exceptional musician working in the new age and world-fusion arenas.  He writes beautiful melodies and plays some of the warmest and most creative flute sounds around.  He supplements his world flutes with synth, hammered dulcimer, sax, ethnic percussion, harp and tin whistle.  Some of the tunes are ethereal while others are more melodic and structured.  Much of it is soft and slow, perfect for slowing down and relaxing after a fast-paced day.  Simply beautiful music all the way around.

Ethereum

Haunting, Mesmerizing World-Influenced Flute Playing By Joseph L Young 


... With most ethnic flutes, superb playing is not about speed, but about imparting emotions, feelings, warmth and imagery through music.  That is what Young is all about.  His music fits well in the soft, gentle, relaxing new age music category as well as the world-fusion genre....  [H]is fourth [album], Ethereum, was just released and it is superb.  He compliments the flutes and old-style instrumentation with synth sounds including strings and washes and gentle counter-melodies. ... If you like soft, slow, gentle, mesmerizing new age music with a touch of world influences and the haunting sound of native flutes, this one is for you.

Ethereum

Joseph L Young Encapsulates Native Flute Playing Within A New-Age-World Sound

 

I like Native American wood flute playing mixed with other instrumentation and Joseph L Young from Idaho gives us that and much more on his album, Ethereum.  ...  This is a very pleasurable album for anyone who likes ethnic flutes especially Native American ones encapsulated in a sort of new age world overall sound.

Ethereum

Joseph L Young, the keyboard/flute ace known at all the better neo hippie/new age hot spots, brings his chops to bear on his fourth album that sets some new age standards. ... Well-played and well-produced, this is a set for the seeker that thinks they have heard it all and wants a pleasant surprise.

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Life Spring - I must say from the off, to review an album of such depth and content so vast, was an utterly pleasurable way for me to start the working week, I am extremely impressed with Life Spring by Joseph L Young and here dear readers is why.

 

From the very first track Gaea’s Tears, we have a doorway opened up for us to a new musical dimension entirely, forget all that you thought you knew about flute music, as Young is going to take you across the border and back again.

 

Life Spring by Joseph L Young is an album of total quality and regardless of your particular penchant for a style or genre of music, I would recommend this album to you in a heartbeat, it’s a magical moment of flute genius that you just have to be a part of.

 

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Joseph L. Young - Pathways
2004, Joseph L. Young

Boise, Idaho’s Joseph L. Young is a musician, composer and sound engineer who happens to play some of the most innovative Native American flute music going. He’s also quite accomplished with a tin whistle and a saxophone. In 2004 he released his solo debut,Pathways. Check this out.

Pathways is a haunting collection of Native American flute songs that is both peaceful and provoking. Joseph L. Young has a particular knack for melody and arrangement that takes this far above and beyond your typical flute recording. Young's panache also suggests a theatric bent, like many of these songs might have walked off the soundtrack of a movie. Full of dark and disturbingly beautiful melodies, Pathways will stick with you long after the final notes have faded away. Highlights include Touch The Earth, Autumn, Dusk, Shaman's Dream and Through The Mist.

While many traditional Native American flute recordings sound mournful, Joseph L. Young's compositions reflect the melancholy of a nation that has lost itself over many generations but still holds the hope of their grandfathers. Pathways is a haunting and beautiful reminder that music doesn't always need to be a wall of sound to blow us away.

Rating: 4 Stars (Out of 5)

Face the Wind

Soothing and mesmerizing melodic experience

From Idaho, Joseph L. Young has released his second album “Face the Wind,” and it will be warmly received as a stellar showcase of his creativity and musicianship. An artist of breathtaking ability who is frequently seen on the flute festival circuit, Young composed and arranged all of the compositions on “Face the Wind.” He uses a variety of flutes, and the album also includes affable flavorings of his own saxophone, percussion and wind synthesizer. The title cut, performed solo as a flute tribute to a deceased friend, opens Young’s album. In fact, the entire album is dedicated to “friends that were taken from us too quickly.” Fortunately, the album is not packed with just mournful, sad music. Young’s enchanting repertoire always keeps flute in the forefront while evoking a sense of calm within the great ocean of serenity. He demonstrates has an alluring knack for being able to incorporate Native American, jazz, oriental and world sensibilities into his seductive music. By track two (“Taking Flight”), Matt Roos’ acoustic guitar, Ken Kolman’s bass guitar, and Dustin McFadden-Elliott’s percussion are added to the mix. Track three (“Moyolude”) features Young’s short solo on the pensive Moyo drum. “Blue Lizard” has an infectious melody, and Young’s use of his Yamaha Wind Synth on “Dream Walk” conjures images of suspended consciousness through time and space. Liner notes failed to credit the understated vocalizing on this track, but I’m told that it was actually Joe’s own chant. “MoJoe” is a live free-form improvised piece with guitarist Matt Roos, who spontaneously co-penned the tune with Young in a jam. 

Throughout the project, we hear tastefully-arranged instrumental interplay that makes for a very soothing and mesmerizing melodic experience. Young’s outstanding soundscapes result in bountiful rewards. “Face the Wind” has colorful music that takes flight, soars above limits, walks with dreams, touches hearts, and basks in the sun. His memorable and breezy music simply celebrates life. (Joe Ross, Roseburg, Or.)

Pathways

Awesome Music!

This music has the ability to take you to other worlds. Joseph's sax and penny whistle transport you through the mists of time - to a place where you long to stay forever. I listened to this CD over and over again. Thank-you Joseph for this beautiful music!

Pathways

Great mix of haunting Native American flute music and soothing instrumentals with the sax and tin whistle. Joe has real talent and flair for peaceful music. I can hardly wait for his next cd!

Pathways

Very moving!

This album touchs a person at all levels and can relax, heal and revive, and do them at the same time. A blessing for meditation, a useful tool for healing, but a joy for just listening after a hard day.

Mr. Young is an excellent flute player, very personable and very professional. He has a passion for his playing, is very informative and has great people skills. I would recommend him to anyone needing his expertise and would certainly look into having him return to the fire center for a return performance. Thank you Mr. Young on a job well done!

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