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Reggie Young Rest in Peace

Reggie Young


It is one of life’s great blessings to have known, albeit briefly, the wonderful person Reggie Young. You can read about his accomplishments – they were many and significant, particularly to those he helped become stars and chart-toppers – wherever you get your music news. What stood out to me is how humble, considerate and thoughtful he was in person. At a small CD release party for his first CD under his own name, Forever Young, in his home town of Leipers Fork, TN, many of his longtime cohorts and friends paid tribute to a person they respected not just for his unusual musical abilities, but also for the friend they had come to know well and love.

Reggie will be missed by many as one who lived his life as it should be lived, without ego and bluster, with a focused commitment to the musical task at hand and also to respecting and helping those he came to know.

Our condolences go out to Reggie’s family. His warmth and spirit continue to guide us.

Neal Weiss, president

Whaling City Sound

left to right: Tom Evered, Neal Weiss, Jenny Young, Reggie Young
photo credit Ginny Shea, July 18, 2016, Nashville 
Sad to report the passing of legendary session guitarist and Whaling City artist Reggie Young. He was one of the most recorded guitarists in the sixties, seventies and eighties playing on numerous legendary hits by Elvis Presley, Dusty Springfield and more.

Young was a member of the country supergroup The Highwaymen w/ Kris KristoffersonWillieNelsonJohnny Cash and Waylon Jennings. He was also a founding member of the Bill Black Combo. In 1964, The Beatles requested the Combo open for them during their first U.S. tour and invited the group over to England for another month-long tour.

“The story of Reggie Young’s career is, in many ways, a miniature version of the story of Southern soul music.” – AllMusic

A compilation of his famous recordings “Session Guitar Star” is due out next week on Ace Records.

Reggie Young “Session Guitar Star” Ace CDHD1537 will be available in the UK and via importers here on January 25, 2019. Last year the UK based reissue label Ace released a 22 track collection of his finest session work here on Amazon.
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UK Jazzwise Magazine Reviews To Grover With Love/ Live In Japan by Jason Miles

Unknown-4Jason Miles

To Grover, With Love/

Live In Japan

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JasonMiles(ky),Andy Snitzer,EricDarius (ts),GeraldVeasley(b),NickyMoroch(g), Buddy Williams (d), Ralph MacDonald (perc)andRyanShaw(v).Rec.June2010

Many people were touched by the sound of saxophonist Graver Washington Jr, and none more so than keyboardist/producer Jason Miles. This nine-track album is his third tribute to the late musician and is dominated by tunes from Washington’s Winelight and Mr Magic sets, including t h e title tracks, ‘Take M e There’ a n d ‘Just The Two Of Us’ (which features Ryan Shaw o n vocals). Miles wanted to recreate the vibe and feel of the New York jazz clubs of the 1970s and has succeeded there’s an energy and intensity, both in the band’s performance and the audience reaction to it. Saxophonists Darius and Snitzer step into Washington’s shoes and more than rise to the challenge, while the rhythm section o f Veasley, Williams and MacDonald (whodied the following year) sounds formidable. Guitarist Nicky Moroch’s taut, angular lines enrich the mix, while Miles spends most of the time supporting and comping, save an extended solo o n ‘Inner City Blues’. The many highlights include ‘Black Frost’, which combines gutsy sax playing with call-and-response sections with guitar and keyboard; the exquisite sax sound on ‘Sassy Stew’, ‘Loran’s Dance’, which highlights Moroch’s guitar and Veasley’s bass, andthe 12-minute ‘Let It Flow (For Dr J)’, where Veasley solos again and MacDonald delivers an extended conga workout at the coda. The encore, an exuberant version of ‘Mr Magic’, hasDarius and Snitze’ trading fours a n d everyone playing a brief solo. During the show, Miles states that Grover Washington’s music “will live on forever”. Albums like this will certainly help keep that: legacy alive. -George Cole

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