The Best of Yellowjackets

The Best of Yellowjackets

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The Yellowjackets began their recording career on the Warner Brothers label in 1981, recording three albums before moving to GRP where the band found commercial success during a ten-year stay. In 1995, they returned to the Warner fold to produce some of their best, maturest music. Dreamland, Blue Hats, and Club Nocturne found the band presenting contemporary jazz music of the highest caliber. However, this music had too much depth to qualify for the smooth jazz radio playlists of the late 1990s. As the year 2000 dawned, Warner released this fine compilation of Yellowjackets' work for that label. It's an interesting musical document which shows the beginnings of the band in their original incarnation with L.A. Express guitar alumnus Robben Ford, and later finding their voice after his departure. Then there's a ten-year quantum leap to the unmatched musical sophistication of the latter trio of classy recordings with Bob Mintzer in the sax chair. The producer's choice not to arrange the tracks in chronological order is probably a smart one from a listening standpoint. Still there's quite a juxtaposition between the rich complexities of the opening "New Rochelle" and "Spirit of the West," and the pop-styled '80s fusion/funk of "Daddy's Gonna Miss You" and "Matinee Idol" that follow. The pleasures of both eras cannot be denied, however, and this disc is rewarding from start to finish. "The Chosen" and "Summer Song" from Dreamland remain superb, and Kurt Elling's vocal on Mintzer's "Up From New Orleans " is a classic awaiting discovery. Samurai Samba's "Homecoming" should be familiar, and the previously unreleased "Theme From Il Postino" provides a reason for the Yellowjackets completist to own this disc. Taken with Collection from the GRP era, The Best of Yellowjackets gives a tiny glimpse at the music of this excellent group, priming the pump for further exploration of their recorded legacy.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/14/1999
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0093624758525
catalogNumber: 47585
Rank: 28357

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Yellowjackets   Primary Artist
Robben Ford   Guitar
Bobby McFerrin   Percussion,Vocals
Bob Mintzer   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Haslip   Bass
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Luis Conte   Percussion
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Russell Ferrante   Keyboards
William Kennedy   Drums
Ricky Lawson   Drums
Carlos Rios   Guitar
Marc Russo   Alto Saxophone
Ernie Watts   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Yellowjackets   Producer
Lee Herschberg   Engineer
Rory Kaplan   Programming
Tommy LiPuma   Producer
Matt Pierson   Producer
Stephen Walker   Art Direction
Schmidt   Engineer
Rich Breen   Engineer

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