NEIL C. YOUNG – ReWorks Vol.2

Neil C. Young Trio’s latest EP, “ReWorks Vol.2,” is a testament to their innovative approach to jazz and fusion. Released on May 7, 2024, this EP is part of a four-volume series that breathes new life into familiar tracks by repurposing existing hooks and patterns. The trio, consisting of Neil C. Young on guitar, Alan Whitham on bass, and alternating drummers Richard Young and Ben Gonzalez, delivers a masterful performance that pushes the boundaries of jazz.

The EP opens with “A Mouse That Lived In A Windmill In Old Amsterdam,” a playful reinterpretation of the 1965 novelty tune. Infused with samba rhythms, Neil’s intricate guitar work dances over vibrant percussion, creating a whimsical and energetic start. The second track, “Troublemaker,” originally by Olly Murs, transforms the pre-chorus riff into a central motif, building anticipation before the infectious chorus takes over, driven by Alan’s precise bass lines.

Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” undergoes a rhythmic transformation, shifting from 4/4 to 6/8, adding a sense of urgency and dynamism to the classic. The trio’s experimental approach highlights the song’s social and political themes, making it a standout on the EP. The closing track, Gabrielle Aplin’s “Miss You,” is a poignant ballad reimagined with a powerful instrumental arrangement. Ben Gonzalez’s drumming complements Neil’s expressive guitar, creating a melancholic yet captivating atmosphere.

“ReWorks Vol.2” showcases Neil C. Young Trio’s ability to reinterpret and reimagine tracks with creativity and skill. Each song on the EP offers a fresh perspective, making it a must-listen for jazz enthusiasts and music lovers alike. I truly appreciate how the trio manages to maintain the essence of the original tracks while adding their unique touch, making each song a new adventure.

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