Multi-talented artist Neil C Young reveals jazz-infused cover version of Alice in Chains classic
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There must be something about people with the name Neil Young that makes them instantly legends. Multi-talented artist Neil C Young has been involved in making music since the young age of 4 years old. Having played in and studied orchestral music, Neil discovered and embraced composition, arranging and improvising in his late teens. Returning with new project ‘ReWorks Vol.4 Pt.1’, Neil’s new release puts his own twist on already classic tracks.
Speaking about the spinetingling version of Alice in Chains’ ‘Them Bones’, Neil states, “When I heard it for the first time, the power and energy hit me immediately. Having that ringing around my head for years led me to create an arrangement for my fusion trio. I wanted to keep the drive of the original but to add some of our/my influences into it, notably the harmony of the original chorus where I got a suggestion of latin harmony from, which I’ve tried to play on in our arrangement”.
The lyrical content is something I am fully aware of and have always accepted life has an end and we can't do anything about that fact so the emotional aspect is something that I've tried to maintain but, as in life, there are emotional moments along the way we can't deny.”
Based in the UK, Neil’s jazz guitar work is best described as effortlessly original. Fuelled with soul and energy with every arrangement that he creates, it’ll come as no surprise that Neil has received praise from the likes of US Magazine ‘Just Jazz Guitar Magazine’ and the ‘Musicians Union’. Having worked with and played alongside many artists such as Nick Blacka (GoGo Penguin), Nathan Bray (Guy Barker, Ronnie Scotts Big Band), Soweto Kinch, Wendy Kirkland (Piano Divas), Ben Crosland (Jim Mullen, Rod Mason, John Etheridge) and Gary Boyle (Isotope) to name a few.
Adding to the project, Neil shares, “The reason it's called Vol.4 Pt.1 is due to two earlier 4 track EPs or 'ReWorked' being completed on commission for a record company who took the music for their own playlist rather than under my name and Vol.3 was a solo guitar set of ReWorks that I created during lockdown under the guise of 'Cactus Sessions' via my YouTube channel.
The 'Pt. 1' element is because the 2nd part is due for recording and release in the new year and so between this release and that one, there is an album worth of music but feels right to call it by the names I've given and then move onto something different.I love arranging, taking a track and spending time inside it, getting to know and understand the links between the message and the music and then finding elements that speak to me and then creating a new interpretation and emotional response to it. I'm hoping that with Pt. 1 (and Pt.2) that this comes across as having respect for the original and without any detriment to the original message.”
Source Chloe Mogg
December 7, 2021 12:22pm ET by Chloe Mogg