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Joy by Patrick Andy

Joy by Patrick Andy… Musicians by definition are the gifted individuals that have the ability to express themselves through what I have previously described as the “Universal Language”…. Music!

We use our musical voice to speak out about our feelings. We share our love, pain, anger, desperation, happiness, freight, hope, and most importantly Joy! Patrick Andy shares the fruits of his inspiration, Jesus with this CD.

The concept of a Christian music CD is not new but Patrick reaches to his roots from Madagascar and the flavor of much of his music itself is quiet unique. There are many tracks where Patrick goes with a more mainstream R&B feel, Christian music approach. These cuts are good but I prefer the more “exotic” tunes better; I am not being critical, I am just sharing what is more to my taste.

The majority of the score are original works with a few Malagasy Hymns. The supporting musicians and vocalists are very tight and the end product is very solid. Patrick mixes up his “Bass Job” playing Electric, Upright and Synth bass and I like that you can hear his part clearly as I enjoy it when they mix it like that. His technique and musicality are quite impressive and this young player has a lot of potential for the future.

My favorite tunes are all those that have that Malagasy flavor. “Offering of praise” has a great, syncopated tempo and sets the general upbeat tone that characterizes the entire project. There is a chorus of children in this piece near the end that is cute but a little flat, which can be one of the risks of working with youth.

“Creation song” incorporates a Sitar and has lyrics in both Malagasy and English; we have another interesting time signature on this tune.

“Always There” gives us a juicy, bluesy feel. This piece is slow, deliberate and nicely articulated. The Vibe solo in the middle is sweet. Some of the lyrics are in Spanish.

“I Belong to You” has what I call a “Joropo” tempo (Feel free to correct me in the comment section below if you have a more accurate description). This beat may have a different name in Madagascar. There are some Marimba sounds that make this all the tastier!

All in all, Christian music fans and non-Christian music fans can find common ground here and receive the Joy that Patrick has to share with us all! Well done!

Available on iTunes

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9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. andybass777

    May 1, 2011 at 4:05 am

    Hello all.
    The rhythm on “Offering of praise”, “I belong to You”, “Joy”, “In Your presence” and “Bonus track” is called “Salegy” (Pronounced “Saa – lay – gg”). It’s from the North part of Madagascar. It’s technically 12/8 or 6/8 but most people in Madagascar – or Malagasy, not Madagascarian 🙂 – feel it like 4/4 or 2/4. Now, thanks to Raul, I gotta check out what a “Joropo” is 🙂

  2. Raul Amador

    Raul Amador

    May 1, 2011 at 4:34 am

    Thanks for clearing that up for me Patrick!

    All I know is that I really like that feel! The joropo is a common tempo in Venezuelan music. It is said to have it’s roots in Africa and the Spanish empire. It is a music of the plains and is very danceable.
    I used a wee bit of Joropo in my review of the Kala U-Bass when playing the Cuatro venezolano.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dp_hf2qOn28

    Again, Thank you so much for sharing your music with all of us!

    Much continued success,

    Raul

  3. Josh Lozada

    May 1, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Great review. Patrick is an amazing bassist and truly excels in all styles/genres of music. This album has been in constant circulation on my ipod. It has wonderfully thought out and catchy melodies and although Patrick is a phenomenal bassist, this album is not a solo bass album, it’s a true work of musical art. You owe it to yourself to give it a listen. Bravo Patrick!

  4. Yary Ventre

    May 2, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Its been a long time since Ive listen to “something different”. I was in search of a new vibe…a new level of musical genuis. Im an honored to say that, my friend, my brother, Patrick is the person to reintroduce the world to “something different”. If you havent already picked up the CD I suggest you do. The music will transport you to a place of serenty (for me its a place with heat and palm trees) and the words will take you to another level of praise and worship. 🙂 EnJOY!!!!!!

  5. Ruben

    May 2, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    I got the album and got the pleaseure to see him and his band play live. A tightly package of insight and rhythm. World Music with a Christian Heart, flavor and soul!!!

  6. jacqueline

    May 3, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Very nice! Pat, ask Memo to show you Joropo. I would agree that the rhythm is quite similar in regard to the feel of play between 4 and 6. Hope lots of ppl pic up your album!

  7. Tim Reyes

    May 10, 2011 at 1:18 am

    This is one of the most refreshing albums I have ever heard. The bass is showcased, but not in an obvious way. Every song is powerful and grows on you upon repeated listens. I believe the “flat” ending on “offering of praise” was intentional. When children are happy or they sing, it makes one feel good whether they are in tune or not. I am not condoning out of tune singing or playing, but knowing Patrick and the producers, this must have been a desired effect since rectifying it would have been easy enough thanks to todays advances in pitch correction software. Great album that will definitely stand the test of time.

  8. Tim Reyes

    May 10, 2011 at 3:20 am

    Great review, by the way!!!

  9. Raul Amador

    Raul Amador

    May 11, 2011 at 2:57 am

    Thank you all for your comments and kind words!

    I enjoyed this album a lot and I see that I share my opinion with good company!

    I see your point Tim about the childrens voices. Creative license may explain the “pitchiness” and that is OK specially as it wasn’t the norm. I like your explanation.

    Glad you all enjoyed the Review as well as the CD! Please feel free to share this review with your friends!!

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