One of Britains best kept Jazz secrets (Zeffirellis, Ambleside)
Guitarist, composer and arranger Neil C. Young has been recording since 2005 with the release of his first recording, the 3 track E.P. ‘Take a seat’ which Keith Ames of the Musicians Union, declared ‘Excellent feel good instrumental jazz!’.
Since then Neil has released 2 further EP’s (My Crazy Pony + Chick(pea) Soup) and two albums ‘Where’s yours?’ (2010) and ‘El Camino’ (2011) which were distributed through Canadian American Records (U.S.A) and WOA Records (India.) Both received initial entries into the Grammy awards by Canadian American Records in 2011, 2012 and 2014 in the Improvised Solo, Instrumental Jazz and Jazz Single categories respectively.
Incorporating aspects of bands led by John Scofield, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, George Benson and Billy Cobham, the music is ‘full of soul and energy’ and, ‘the arrangements are beautiful’, writes Eric Elias from the US magazine “Just Jazz Guitar Magazine”.
The Neil C Young Trio (Q’tet) are a tight, exciting and fresh live outfit, and performances are, as Ian Mann (The Jazz Mann) so eloquently put ‘…great fun to see live!’
Neil has performed both nationally and internationally, at festivals such as the Romerias de Mayo, Holguin, Cuba (2010), the Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival, Mexico (2006), the Manchester Jazz Festival (2011) and the 2008 London Bossanova Festival. This is alongside regular performances in the UK and as well as numerous gigs in both Europe and the United States.
Canadian American Records nominated Neil and the trio in 2011, 2012 and 2014 for Grammy awards in the initial ballot stage , for best improvised solo (Driving to Montenegro), best instrumental jazz album (El Camino) and jazz single of the year (Kow Poo Bin Goo) respectively. Also, the trio were nominated for the UK Jazz Services promoters choice award in 2008.
One of his original compositions, ‘Next’, featured on the WOA Records’ popular Goa Chillout Zone Volume 2 which reached the heights of number 2 in the Indian Album Charts in October 2009 and since then has had regular airplay on Indian commercial radio with singles from his last 2 albums which were released by Canadian American Records (US)
Along with this performance recognition, Neil has also received acclaim for his work through the International Songwriting Competition (2006) with two pieces being shortlisted in the instrumental category, ‘Time will sing’ and ‘That Darned’, this recognition has also been given through a honorable mention at the Canary Islands International Songwriting Competition.
Neil has played and worked with many other artists across different genres through his career, Nathan Bray, Soweto Kinch, Ben Crosland, Gary Boyle, Steve Tromans, Pat McCarthy, Pat Sprakes, Wendy Kirkland, Barnaby Dickinson, The Earlies, Sara Lowes, Liam Frost, Denny Laine, King Creosote to name a few. This all add to the influences already within Neil’s playing and the influences continue to grow.
In a contemporary musical climate, which is often overcrowded with an eclectic range of guitar styles, Neil not only acknowledges these various influences, but also displays an in-depth knowledge of performance and composition, which were key to his studies with Gary Boyle and with Fred T Baker at renowned Birmingham Conservatoire.