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ANDREW YOUNG – TOUCHED TO TELL (article first published : 2004-06-1)

Popular saxophonist Andrew Young will be remembered by established Durban audiences for his many appearances on the concert stage, either as a member of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra or in his own right as a contemporary musician. His long dark hair, charismatic manner and fashionable dress sense has fluttered many a female heart!

The other day, I was delighted to see that he was back in Durban for a while and had released a new CD.

Touched to Tell is a highly enjoyable and relaxing compilation of well-known numbers such as Lionel Ritchie’s Hello; Peabo Bryson’s Can you stop the rain, Phil Collins’ Against all odds and, my favourite, the Commodores’ Three times a lady.

Also included are Randy Crawford’s I’d be an angel, Brian Mcknight’s Back at One, Grover Washington JR’s In the name of love, James Ingram’s There’s no easy way, Level 42’s It’s over, Heatwave’s Always and forever, Trevor Fischer’s Sunrise and Hazel O’Connor and Wesley McGoogon’s Will you? featuring Denay on vocals.

The CD gives the listener a good opportunity to hear the masterly saxophonist up close and personal, as it were. Most of the tracks are easygoing and bluesy. This is lazy Sunday music or late at night when the soul needs replenishing and gentling before retiring to bed.

In his CD notes, Andrew says that of all the countries he has performed in, South Africa holds a special place in his heart. “A rainbow nation of truly courageous people,” he says. “Nowhere else have I quite felt the warmth of human kindness that I have experienced in that land.” He goes on to talk about the scourage of HIV/AIDS that destroys families and wipes out communities. His impassioned comments focus on the ever-growing number of HIV/AIDS orphans and lead to the information that a portion of the proceeds of the sale of Touched to Tell will be donated to the St Mary’s Hospital, near Durban (see www.stmarys.co.za).

Touched to Tell is available in leading record stores countrywide. Buy one – apart from getting a great CD you will contribute to a highly valuable project in the process. – Caroline Smart




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