Grammy award winning, session bassist, Reggie Young and his unorthodox style of bass playing has turned heads in the music industry which unleashed gigs with stars such as Lenny Kravitz, Alicia Keys, Paul Shaffer, Stevie Wonder, Will. i. am., Ruben Studdard and many more. Born in New York, Reggie began playing bass at age 12. Reggie's roots were established in a small church located in the small village of Hempstead L.I. where he quickly became nationally recognized and sought after as a session bassist. Early in his professional career Young recorded on dozens of gospel artists records which brought him international acclaim and along with it came an international fan base.
In 2010, Fodera guitars of Brooklyn (arguably the world leader in custom bass guitars) approached Reggie at N.A.M.M. and told him they wanted to begin production on the first Reggie Young Signature Fodera bass. This was an unprecedented venture that Reggie accepted. Young understood only a few of the worlds elite bassists such as Anthony Jackson, Christian McBride, Victor Wooten, Matthew Garrison, Richard Bona, James Genus, Tom Kennedy and Oteil Burbridge, hold that title. And now, Reggie has joined the ranks.
In 2011, Reggie was unanimously selected to be the bassist at the World Famous Apollo Theater in NYC. There you'll find Young playing in the house band and from time to time standing in as the musical director performing weekly to sold-out audiences.
In 2017, The New School N.Y.C. (music college), asked Reggie to lead their 2017 marketing campaign as "The New Professor".
This ongoing campaign placed Young on billboard ads throughout New York City. Check out our photos page to see some of the street ads. New York City has always been Reggie's platform. Clubs, theaters and churches have always been the stages where he continues to fine tune his unique musical legacy.
Now, Reggie delivers to us his latest cd release titled "Young Street".
To describe the album...."Young Street" is Reggie's undenied sound established around the streets of New York City. To pinpoint the origin of his ongoing legacy Young's never reluctant to say Brooklyn and Harlem. On his latest release, Reggie subverts the meaning of genres with intensified funk infused with rock, soul, jazz and gospel. Plainly stated, "It ain't smooth jazz". "Young Street" is bedded in funky rhythm's, layered with powerful, never understated, horn lines and lush live string arrangements. Track 4, "Magic" and track 6, "Alright With Me", Reggie's smooth but gritty vocals earmarks those of Andre 3000 (of Outcast) along with Reggie's melodic bass riffs paraphrasing his vocal ideas. On the other hand track 1, "Young Street" and track 2, "Smash'Em Up", have all the instrumental dance signs of the Trombone Shorty band and the edgy Robert Randolph Family Band. On Track 3, "Brazilian Dreams", Reggie once again teams up with producer Onree Gill who conducts an idea that gives the album an international poise, offering a seesaw of play between a Bazilian bossa and a plain ole New York style funk. This album show's off Reggie's ability to standout without it being redundant. Quite frankly, you want more. I mean who doesn't love bass? But Young gives you just enough bass and yet you also enjoy his band features. However, when you go hear him play live it's just remarkably entertaining. His band has a complete diverse style of play led by the maestro himself. They mix it up with fun and embrace you with music that delivers to you a show! Not just a concert.
Book Reggie to perform and be sure to order the album today! Sit back and brace yourself.
For more album information click on the album credits tab up above.