Darryl Yokley’s Sound Reformation -][- THE VOID –Mp3– [Artist Recording Collective, 2012] –
From playing jazz gigs as a leader/sideman or in a big band to performing classical solo recitals and concerts with chamber groups, Darryl Yokley has enjoyed working with some of the greatest musicians in a variety of genres.
Born and raised in California, Yokley started learning to play the saxophone at the age of 11 and, in the eighth grade, started taking private lessons.
“I always liked the look of the instrument and the way it sounded,” said Yokley, who can also play the flute and clarinet.
Mr. Bettger, his band director at Sequoia Middle School in Fontana, California was a big influence on him, he noted.
“I remember him saying, ‘It’s impossible to play any piece of music perfectly,’” said Yokley. “It was like a catalyst to keep working harder and practice.”
At the age of 14, Yokley moved to North Carolina for four years where he attended high school and, in the 10th grade, met James Houlik, a professor at Duquesne University.
“I never heard the saxophone played like that,” said Yokley, adding that he was really drawn to the melodies of the classical saxophone. “I realized that’s what I wanted to do after I heard him play.” -[Biography | Excerpt]-
Duane Eubanks– trumpet, George Burton– Piano, Luques Curtis-bass, Wayne Smith J.R.-drums Classical- Chris Hemingway- Alto saxophone
Check out the title track “THE VOID.”
::: SOURCE: darrylyokley.com :::