For the bulk of his career, Jason Yates spent most of his time hidden behind a Hammond B3 organ. But as his self-titled sophomore record shows, he actually belongs in front of the mic. Lying somewhere between jam band rocker and Americana singer songwriter, Yates writes heartfelt rock without skimping on the funk.
Songs like â€œTo Chanceâ€ or the album opener â€œMy Way Outâ€ are just begging to be played before a live audience. There are a couple of weaker tracks on this nine song collection, but not enough to dampen the overall spirit of the album. A much sought after session player for most of his life, Yates has found his true calling in the spotlight.
Rating: 7.9 out of 10
Top track: â€œMy Way Outâ€ and â€œNobody So Farâ€
Jason Yates â€“ Jason Yates/CD /9 tracks/2009/Vapor Records/www.myspace.com/jasonyatesofficial