The drummer is still grinning, as are many in the crowd, as he solos superbly in drum feature 'The Last Message', dedicated to the great jazz drummer Art Blakey. So many textures and sounds from the jazz drummer, it’s a thrilling close to a set which has kept many on their feet or the edge of their seats throughout.
David Wright-Yorkshire Coast
Rod Youngs' personal performance was a joy to behold - he has to be the most expressive drummer on the scene today.
Brian Payne-Jazz Journal
Youngs’ “Winds Of Change” is another piece with a political undercurrent, the title a quote from Martin Luther King. Both Youngs and Bartley have worked with saxophonist and composer Denys Baptiste who has continually used Dr. King as an inspiration for his work. Youngs’ piece begins with the sound of Bartley’s bass, this later joined by the composers’ drums, his ceaselessly evolving fluid rhythms providing the backdrop for the solos and interplay of Jones and Kofi, each bringing a vocalised, very human quality to their playing. There’s a spiritual dimension about this piece that is closer in spirit to John Coltrane than Ornette Coleman.
Ian Mann-Jazz Mann
He enjoys a particular rapport with floppy-limbed drummer Rod Youngs, who doesn't so much hit his drums as massage them. Leaning forward sensually, then reclining back with an expression of orgasmic concentration, he makes his cymbal fizz like freshly poured lemonade.
James Griffiths-The Gurdian
The set flowed seamlessly from one number to the next, with Rod Youngs on drums exhibiting an effortless rhythmic fluency…
A rack-a-cack drumbreak called all to order – Rod Youngs, superb all night
Mike Hobart-Financial Times
Exuberant, jaunty and genuinely danceable with an irresistible Latin/Caribbean flavour this sent a large and appreciative crowd away happy and included a dazzling drum feature from the excellent Youngs.
Rod Youngs, recently seen with Denys Baptiste at St Georges, has a uniquely identifiable style, loose- limbed, ever so slightly behind the beat, giving everything a great sense of swing. It is a style that incorporates influences across the board from Sid Catlett to Tony Williams, but centres in the great post-Bop drummers of the 50s.
Charlie Dunlap-Listomania Bath
…while behind the drum kit Rod Youngs played with great control and delicacy, darting around and implying, but rarely emphasising, the beat.
Rod Youngs and Gary Crosby reaffirmed their status as Britain’s tightest-knit drum ’n’ bass
combination, cooking propulsively even on the tricky 9/4-time Evolution through Revolution.
Jack Masarik-The Evening Standard