The first single from former MEGADETH guitarist Jeff Young's debut solo album, "Equilibrium", is a powerful-yet-tender remake of a song from AEROSMITH's 1974 "Get Your Wings" LP, entitled "Seasons of Wither". According to a posting on Young's MySpace page, "Jeff is joined on this stripped-down rendition by one of America's true organic voices, Twinkle Schascle. An interesting side note to this track is that Twinkle actually opened for AEROSMITH in Tampa, Florida — solo, no less!! Needless to say, she brought the arena crowd to its knees and made lifelong fans of Steven Tyler and Joe Perry."
"Equilibrium" is scheduled for release this summer. The CD was mixed by Michael Wagener (OZZY OSBOURNE, JANET JACKSON, METALLICA, QUEEN, KING'S X, SKID ROW, EXTREME) and features performances by Los Angeles vocal phenom Debby Holiday (JOHN WAITE, ROD STEWART), Brazilian singer/guitarists Badi Assad and Lenine, Australian singer Gilli Moon, vocalist Gregg Analla (SLAVIOR), drummer Matt Chamberlain (TORI AMOS, FIONA APPLE, DAVID BOWIE, CHRISTINA AGUILERA), fretless bassist Tony Franklin (JIMMY PAGE, THE FIRM, BLUE MURDER), Brazilian percussionists Marcos Suzano (STING, LENINE) and Simone Soul (CHICO CESAR), and other friends and musical guests.
Other tracks that are tentatively set to appear on "Equilibrium" (composers listed in parenthesis):
* "Taranta por Drea" (interpreted from a study by Paco Serrano)
* "Torrents" (Jeff Young, Badi Assad)
* "City of the Sun" (Jeff Young, Badi Assad, Simone Soul)
* "Fuoco ~ Libra Sonatine" (Roland Dyens)
* "Eternal" (Sergio Assad, Jeff Young, Gregg Analla)
* "Calling Jupiter" (Jeff Young, Badi Assad)
* "Liquid Voices" (Jeff Young, Badi Assad, Carole Ohl)
* "infin8" (Jeff Young, Badi Assad, Gregg Analla)
* "Solais" (Badi Assad)
* "Equilibrium" (Jeff Young)
* "Angelina" (Jeff Young, Badi Assad)
* "Entrelace" (Badi Assad, Jeff Young)
* "Aquarelle: Valseana" (Sergio Assad)
* "Spirit Dog" (Badi Assad, Sergio Assad, Jeff Young, Daved Levitan)
Jeff's entire career with MEGADETH was spent recording and touring in support of the band's 1988 platinum-selling album "So Far, So Good...So What!" Following his stint with MEGADETH, Jeff began contributing the "Fingerprints" column for Guitar magazine. For a portion of the 1990s, Jeff stepped away from his career to deal with the untimely deaths of first his father and later his mother while immersing himself in the further study of classical, flamenco, gypsy jazz and other world music varieties. In 1998, he resurfaced with new Brazilian musical partner, Badi Assad. Together, the duo crafted exotic soundscapes for their first collaboration, BADI ASSAD's "Chameleon". The album, co-written, arranged, and produced by Jeff, introduced their acoustic-world-fusion sounds to diverse audiences worldwide. Opening concerts for renowned artists, including Joe Cocker and Cassandra Wilson, as well as performances on 1999's Lilith Fair and Farm Aid 2000, are testament to the considerable cross-over appeal of Badi and Jeff's "new world music" explorations. In 2003, the track "Waves" from "Chameleon" was featured in the Michael and Kirk Douglas film "It Runs in the Family", as well as on the movie's soundtrack.