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Every Moment - Known more for his Native flute recordings, Joseph L. Young picks up his sax and carries it into unexplored territory on Every Moment -- a literal redefinition of the New Age genre.  Melding the soulful qualities of the instrument with layers of new age electronic keyboards yields a recording that is unique and ground-breaking.  Seldom does an artist bring a new element to the forefront in such dramatic and accessible fashion as does Young here.  Young integrates the sax into new age melodicism with style and aplomb throughout the album.  Superbly layered electronic keyboards, rhythms, and textures merge seamlessly with the sax melodies and the magic that ensues is breathtakingly gorgeous.” - Bill Binkelman

Retailing Insight Magazine (pages 65-66)

Every Moment - I know some reviewers are extolling how well Native flutist Joseph L. Young has incorporated sax (which was his first instrument learned) into a new age music environment on Every Moment (seeing as how the instrument is more closely associated with the jazz and blues/rock genres). And it’s true, Young has found a way at melding the sax's sultry sensuality into a genre that typically is anything but that. However, what astounds me even more is the sheer abundance of talent (both composing and performing) on every track and the virtuosity exhibited in crafting an assortment of "new age" styles. Equally impressive is Young's layering of many new age (and some chill-out) instrumental sounds (via keyboards, I imagine). Each of the twelve tracks is simply gorgeous to listen to on headphones as the attention to detail in the placement of the keyboard textures, the rhythms, and all of it is so spot on in relation to the sax. This could not have been easy, yet he and his wife (Lenise Redding) produced the album themselves, and Young handled the engineering and mixing. The mastering was by Andy Mitran. Well, come on. If you have heard any of Mitran's own music, you know how good this album sounds already!   Young, of course, owns the sax on every track, but his assortment of synths and keyboards just blows me away. The rhythms and ambient/new age textures on the title track just knock my socks off. The energetic track pulses with a blend of tribal drum beats and an ethereal jazziness to the sax as well as multiple layers of keys. Romantic piano and lush synth pads underneath open the title track, an ode to love if there ever was one. The lead sax melody is embellished with a wistful bell-like tone and subtle female chorales. At this point (track 3) on my first playing, I was thinking "Geez, where is the fan base for this cat? This man can play!" Even without his soulful sax on each number, Every Moment would still be an amazing collection of electronic keyboard new age music, on a par with many albums from the genre's golden age (late '80s to early '90s, in my opinion). However, throw in his sax playing (such as the softly soaring work on this particular track), and as Neo would say, "Whoa!   Young switches it up on "Twilight," a track on which the sax has a more overtly sensuous sound, and the gentle sexy rhythms ooze sensuality as well. On headphones, there is a lot going on here in the background which colors the depth of the song with an unexpected ambiance. I know I am repeating myself here, but Young's choices of which keyboard sounds to use here (and everywhere) is textbook. The hushed yet dramatic chorales mid-song are counterpointed by subtle bass beats, while later the metronome-ish rhythms bounce off of bell tones in a variety of pitches. "Once In A While" features a chill-out beat more prominently, but new age melodicism is present as well. How he manages to fuse these two elements, not to mention the innate jazziness of the sax, and craft music so suffused with both beauty and catchiness is so damned impressive. Young pairs his sax with his other instrumental love, Native flute, on the interestingly-titled "Vicariously Blue," and he carries it off with not just style but with ease. I love the refrain here which also features a church-like bell sound. Even more chill out influences surface on "Continuum," as well as some real sax riffing. This track likely will appeal more to those who do appreciate a great jazz lick, but I don’t think new age fans will feel alienated unless their sensibilities are tuned to an extraordinarily high anti-jazz bias.   I could sing the praises of every song on Every Moment, e.g. the vocal ballad "Letting Go," featuring singing and lyrics by Rona Yellow Robe (no mention of which tribe she belongs to but the lyrics are part Native American and part English), the funky and playful "Eleventh Hour," and the peaceful closing tune, "Evening Repose." I was unprepared for how great this album would be, even though I knew Joseph L. Young had a lot of talent after listening to his previous release, Ethereum. But after playing Every Moment more times than I can remember, I am reminded of a scene from the Richard Dreyfus/Amy Irving film, The Competition. Dreyfus' character is supposedly the master class pianist, with Irving the newcomer. When she knocks it out of the park at the titular international piano competition, he is forced to confront the fact that she is better than him. She tells him "You knew I could play!" to which he answers "Yes, but not like that." Well, folks, I knew Joseph L.  Young could play, but not like this! Color me impressed and amazed.   Bill Binkelman Zone Music Reporter” - Bill Binkelman

Zone Music Reporter

Every Moment - World-flute master and keyboardist Joseph L Young adds a soulfully refreshing element on his latest album, Every Moment, which follows his enchanting 2016 album, Ethereum. Having formerly played saxophone in the smooth jazz group Mobius Trip (that he co-founded), Joseph again pulls out his sax and gets creative on his latest album, which draws upon influences of jazz, new age and ambient/electronic music. Comprised of twelve compositions spanning approximately 62 minutes, sax is the lead instrument throughout, as Joseph adds synthesized layers and keyboards, gentle percussion and subtle world music touches along the way. Centered upon a theme of time, the compositions overall feel timeless, musing and imaginative. Guest musicians include world flutist Cornell Kinderknecht on "Time Traveler" and violist Lisa Bittick on "Chronos Dreams". "Prism" opens the album with a subtle rhythmic pulse that underscores a soothing sax melody accompanied by synthesized vocal layers. A whimsical touch of Irish whistle joins the piece about half-way through, as both earthily sensual and dreamily spacey textures are woven among what could essentially be described as the quintessential 'space-jazz' composition. The next piece, "Falling Through Time", is easily my favorite on the album. True to its title, the composition seemingly bridges the past, present and future, while its dusky atmosphere simultaneously evokes images of mysterious ancient landscapes and modern city nightlife. Processed lyrical vocals lend the piece a subtle synth-pop flair amid a sensual ensemble of soulful sax, ambient textures and tribal-esque percussion. Another one of my favorites is "Vicariously Blue", which features sax alongside Native American flute within an echoing chamber of organic-style percussion and low-humming chords. Another especially outstanding composition is "Letting Go", which initially opens with gentle spoken word courtesy of Rona Yellow Robe amid a subtle shamanic pulse. Her vocals soon extend to mantra-type singing, which pleasantly reminds me of the lovely Deva Premal. It's followed by "Eleventh Hour", a notably intriguing piece that's somewhat set apart from the rest with its comparatively more digitized effects and crunchy, quasi-industrial beat. Meeting at the crossroads of new age, ambient and contemporary instrumental music, Every Moment will certainly appeal to a variety of listeners. Particularly, it brings-to-mind the more romantic space-jazz music of Jonn Serrie (think Ixlandia, Lumia Nights or Spirit Keepers), as well as saxophonist Paul Winter, thereby recalling some great "new age" classics. A mesmerizing album sure to be among this year's favorites, every moment of Every Moment is certainly time well spent!~Candice Michelle For more information please visit the artist's website. This album is also available at Amazon, iTunes, CD Baby; and Google Play.  ” - Candice Michelle

Journeyscapes Radio

Every Moment - It’s what you can’t see. There’s a quiet beauty in the music of Joseph L Young’s fifth album Every Moment. I was quite familiar with his flute work in the past, but this time he brings to the table the saxophone and serves it up in a New Age setting. Pretty unusual to begin with, but he makes the instrument palatable to the occasion. Every Moment is twelve tracks of New Age and contemporary instrumentals with a bit of subliminal jazz thrown in for good measure. One of the tracks is a spoken word piece and I’ll get to that later. Young’s music is organic, harmonically-rich, and lyrical. The album highlights the concept of time in all its expressions; hours, times of day, seasons, years, and beyond. The voice of Young’s saxophone is sinuous and subtle. It interacts with the modest instrumentation like a friend. Joining Joseph are Cornell Kinderknecht on bansuri flute and viola by Lisa Bittick. Theirperformances are complementary and unobtrusive. The first cut is called Prism. Synth waves wash over the melody, but the sax comes in and guides the tune with a gentle voice. The prism in this case diffracts the music into sonic waves that please the spirit. Instead of colors we experience tones. The tin whistle in this cut gives it a slightly Celtic diffusion which is quite agreeable. A soft voice and blissful piano befriends the track Every Moment. The title tune has a soft, melodic air that is a thank you made up of musical notes. Young’s composition suggest that the expressive act of offering gratitude is an ongoing process. The music flows, oh so gently and envelops the soul. It is a tender submission that is quite memorable. Time Traveler revs things up and pushes the album forward. There’s no spinning lights, no strange machinery carrying you along. It is the magic of sound transporting you to another time. Once you arrive, everything is new and mysterious, but the journey is worthwhile. Be prepared to be amazed as you are whisked along on something beyond your mind’s perception. There aresome great layers in this tune that combine orchestral and smooth jazz elements into a fascinating story. Joseph picks up his well-known Native American Flute for the tune Vicariously Blue. Yeah, you’ve got to love that title. How can someone else’s mood dictate your feelings? Let the music explain. Emotion is like waves. Sound is like waves. We are constantly washed in these waves whether we are aware or not. Young’s composition reveals these waves in the form of primal sounds touching the heart in many ways. Letting Go, a tune with Native American elements is a show stealer on this recording. The emotive voice of Rona Yellow Robe tells a story of how the planet is in pain and decides to leave us, not the other way around. Young’s music is poignant as his instrument sings along with the narrator. In the background we can hear the earth breathing, the ebb and flow of breath is the percussion, the voice of the saxophone is the blood circulating through the planet. We are praying for a sense of balance.   Ocean waves wash ashore as night falls. The stars appear like sparkling gifts in the heavens and we are at peace. There is a boat at the dock. We can hear the strain of ropes, the gentle bump of the hull and the solitude that this night affords. Such is the ambience suggested by the final tune Evening Repose. Joseph L Young has been teaching flute and garnering awards for some time. He currently lives in Idaho, but his musical roots are like those of the aspen. They are a living, breathing entity that go under the surface for untold miles, adding to the landscape above. In this case, it is the musical landscape. Every Moment is his fifth album and I highly recommend it. Furthermore, I look forward to hearing what the talented composer and musician comes up with next.  ” - R J Lannan

Zone Music Reporter & Artisan Music Reviews