JASON YUDOFF: Smoke Sex WaterExpertly striding the fine line between the underground and the mainstream, Jason Yudoff & The New Hotness is the rare combination of a marketable band with catchy hooks and commercially accesible 'singles' that also has a genre-defying jamband mentality and a high-energy live feel. Their wide range of influences include Led Zepplin, the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, P-Funk, Otis Redding, Stevie Ray Vaughn, King's X, Rush, Billy Joel, Jamiroquoi, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Extreme, Chick Corea, Rage Against The Machine, Herbie Hancock, 60's soul, 70's funk, and 80's hard rock. Named "Unsigned Artist of the Month" in Keyboard Magazine and placed on the Official 2005 Grammy Ballot in 8 different categories including Best New Artist, NYC-born singer/songwriter Jason Yudoff's percussive keyboard skills lead this hypnotic group down an original path of funk, rock, pop and soul with a hip and passionate vibe. There just isn't anyone out there with this kind of sound.
JY&TNH just filmed their new music video for the single "Pride" - shot on location entirely at The Cutting Room in Chelsea and directed by Stephen Pitalo. The video premiere was held at Club Providence on W. 57th on Aug 5th - stay tuned to jasonyudoff.com for this video and some live performance videos as well. Also, JY&TNH is recording their new single, "Personal Addict" with Andrew Koss of Tainted Blue Productions at the former Quad Studios in Midtown, and gearing up for a new album project slated for an early 2006 release.
"Rock 'n' roll piano is very much alive in the capable hands of New York's Jason Yudoff. And we're not just talking technique, here: Jason's SMOKE SEX WATER embodies the spirit of rock, in word and - judging by the album art - deed. From the Grand Funk-ish opening cuts to the Journey-esque love songs, Jason shows a remarkably consistent concept of songwriting, singing, performance, and 'tude. Holding forth mostly on piano, he also spends significant time burning on B-3 and Clav. A very tight rythym section complements Jason's blend of arrangement precision and satisfying looseness of groove. A couple of Elton John-style ballads rounds out the set. But the emphasis is squarely on party music of the highest order. For more information, visit www.jasonyudoff.com"
* "Unsigned Artist of the Month", Keyboard Magazine
"Jason Yudoff has hit a home run with his debut disc 'Smoke Sex Water.' Yudoff is at once a true and talented musician, whose lyrics expose a man whose art is born from an analytical mind and the heart of an eternal romantic. The bluseyrock melodies swim alongside powerful keyboard riffs, and Yudoff's growl adds a lethal injection of blue-eyed soul that, in its hottest moments, leaps right out of the speakers and demands nothing short of the listener's undying attention. 'No Such Thing' has the bright eclectic dimensions reminiscent of Steely Dan, while the opener 'All Day' has an influence that is more in the vein of Dr. John. There are also numbers like 'Guilty,' where Jason takes Randy Newman's composition to a deep and dark place. Yudoff's smartest choice in the production of 'Smoke Sex Water' is the 'live' feel of the recordings. This gives Jason the opportunity to play to his strong suit, and that is his musicianship. Each song breathes and betrays anything close to formulaic, while leaving the road open to some wonderfully mind-blowing grooves, like what can be found in the shaker 'Pride' and the instrumental jam 'Reckless.' Yudoff spends most of the disc behind the electric piano, but makes the leap to the Hammond organ and Moog synth when a more colorful sound is called for, like in the most groove-heavy numbers 'Happiness' and 'Pride.' It's real rock 'n' roll, and Jason Yudoff's powerful keystrokes make the absence of a heavy guitar presence all but unnoticeable. Yudoff brings the curtain down on 'Smoke Sex Water' with the piano instrumental 'Mother,' an inspired tribute, and a fitting end to a passionate and colorful collection of songs. Hop on the Jason Yudoff bandwagon at www.jasonyudoff.com."
* Dan Brown, MUSIC CRITIC - Good Times Magazine
"Mixing Jazz, Funk and Pop we might have another Billy Joel here! There is even (gasp) a Hammond organ shoved in for good measure. The most touching of the tracks is the absolutely brilliant instrumental piano piece titled simply Mother, at the end. It just comes across as real music. Probably the most powerful aspect of the recording is, despite its studio polishing, it still reminds the listener of the "live" club or bar performance that would suit the music so well. So bottoms up - belly up the musical bar for a taste of Jason Yudoff!" (Highlighted Tracks: All Day, Mother)
* Rock Record Collectors Association
"Jason Yudoff performs music like a race car driver. There are no stop and yield signs. Yudoff puts the medal to the pedal on his rhythmic high-energy keyboard playing and singing and he takes audiences on a rock and roll musical journey through the 60s, 70s and right on up to his own unique style."
* Music-Tech.Net Indie Artist Showcase Review
"Jason Yudoff and his band hit you hard with the funk. Cool keyboards, thumping bass and Jason's vocals take you on a smooth-alicious ride to cool-ville. All Day sets the tone for an outstandingly original album that manages to mixes funk, blues and pop into one satisfying package. Find out more about Jason and his cool vibe at http://www.jasonyudoff.com."
* Podcast NYC
"Having just seen "Lord of The Rings: The Return of the King", Jason Yudoff is like a smoking, sunglasses-wearing Aragorn if you can imagine that. His music sounds like a funkier version of Ben Folds Five, Black Crowes and Santana on songs like "Happiness", "How I Want To Feel" and "Pride".
* Shmat Records
"Now, I'm usually reviewing hard rock, punk, or metal bands in my column. This week, I checked out something a little different than my norm. I checked out a jazzy funk band called Jason Yudoff and The New Hotness after hearing their song 'Happiness' on Z100's Radio Star Contest. The song was so well written that I was more than curious and had to check out their website, www.jasonyudoff.com. Jason Yudoff has actually been in the business for a while now. Besides being a talented self-taught musician, Jason also jumped at a chance to work for The Carson Organization (owned by Liz Taylor's daughter Maria Burton Carson) while he was still in college. Jason became one of the youngest agents in NYC with over 120 clients, signing and/or representing actors like James Van Der Beek and Tara Reid. Soon, fate stepped in and convinced Jason to follow his heart and focus on his music career. The producers of the Broadway show 'Stomp' requested Jason to do a tour with their new show 'Tap Dogs,' which traveled throughout the US, Canada, and Europe for two. After a year of playing out around New York City, both solo and with a backup band of session players, Jason felt that he needed a change. Jason was playing out about once a month with a great response to his music, but with the impending release of his debut CD 'Smoke Sex Water,' Jason needed a new vibe and a new band. Thus, The New Hotness was born! Jason's debut CD 'Smoke Sex Water' has gotten them airplay on college radio around the country. 'Happiness,' 'Pride,' and 'How I Want to Feel' are confirmed singles off of the CD. The songs kind of reminded me of local favorites The Josh Dodes Band. They also reminded me a little of John Mayer. Jason is currently composing music for the independent film 'For the Children.' Check them out at www.jasonyudoff.com
by Tim Louie
East Coast Rocker
"Jason Yudoff is one hellacious Rock & Roll piano playing vocalist who commands your attention and applause at each and every performance. Absolutely smokin'!"
* Larry Oakes -Â former keyboardist/guitarist with Foreigner, Bad
Company, Derek Trucks, FounderÂ of "Singer/Songwriter Sessions" -
"Old school funk! New school hip! Authentic rock & roll played with taste and energy...Jason Yudoff is the real deal!"
* Michael Packer - Blues Artist and NYC Promoter
"Jason Yudoff is an inspired artist that doesn't hesitate to display his fiery talents, showcasing his phenomenal keyboard and vocal abilities right from the start of SSW. When I first heard Jason play live, I was blown away with his ability as being a great entertainer. As I experienced listening to Jason's CD, I immediately noticed that I also simply enjoyed his songs. I think we can soon expect Jason's music to be heard in a great many households throughout the world."
* G. Neal Merrick - Merrick Music Productions
OFFICIAL 2005 GRAMMY BALLOT
National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences
Category 1 - Record Of the Year: Jason Yudoff - All Day
Category 2 - Album Of the Year: Jason Yudoff - Smoke Sex Water
Category 3 - Song Of the Year: Jason Yudoff - All Day
Category 4 - Best New Artist: Jason Yudoff
Category 6 - Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Jason Yudoff - Before
Category 9 - Best Pop Instrumental Performance: Jason Yudoff - Mother
Category 11 - Best Pop Vocal Album: Jason Yudoff - Smoke Sex Water
Category 21 - Best Rock Song: Jason Yudoff - Happiness
Check out the artist's website:
1. All Day
3. Bottom Line
4. How I Want To Feel
7. Reckless (inst.)
10. Too Much To Share
11. All I'll Want
12. No Such Thing
13. Mother (inst.)