Yazell/Richardson traces its existence to January , 2015. Central New York musicians Steve Yazell and Seth Richardson began writing together for the purpose of putting out an instrumental project to raise money for two charities. Both had played together in the short lived, but critically acclaimed Syracuse area band, The Kerlin Syndrome.
The intent was to develop keyboard driven instrumental pop, rock and blues, reminiscent of the 70"s and 80"s, but fused with the aggressive guitar style of today.
Joined by guitarist Gabe Richardson and a stellar group of supporting musicians including drummer/percussionist
MIke Kosacek, bassists Joe Paolozzi and Dan Hawkins as well as special guest appearances by guitarists Bill Leverty and
Mark Bolos, the tracks came together in a remarkable way.
Released in November, 2015, the CD,titled Beyond Reason, was very well received and garnered positive reviews . In February, 2016, Y/R was honored to be chosen as a 2016 Syracuse Area Music Award (SAMMY) nominee for Beyond Reason.
Never one to rest long, Y/R began work early in 2016 on the follow up to Beyond Reason, Joined once again by the amazing rhythm section of Kosacek/Paolozzi/Hawkins, special guest guitarists Bill Leverty and Mark Bolos, as well as sax player,
Dion Abraham, the tracks developed through the next several months.
The resulting CD, Stormfront, released on December 25th, 2016, highlights the next evolution of Y/R's unique keyboard/guitar journey through 2017 and beyond.