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Alto saxophonist and educator, Pete Yellin is a native New Yorker who has toured and recorded with many of the seminal names in jazz, among them Joe Henderson (a member of Henderson's sextet in the 60s and 70s), Tito Puente, Buddy Rich, Lionel Hampton, Eddie Palmieri, Machito, Mario Bausa and Maynard Ferguson.

Pete also lead his own groups, releasing many CDs, including "Mellow Soul" (1998) that features Eddie Henderson, Peter Leitch, Harvie S, Carl Allen and special guest Chick Corea. His last CD "How Long Has This Been Goin On" (2008) features Bob Mintzer, Renee Rosnes, Michael Wolfe, Dwayne Burno, Harvey S, Peter Leitch, Winnard Harper, Billy Hart and guest vocalist Sheila Jordan.

In 1984, Pete Yellin founded the jazz program at Long Island University -- New York's first serious full-time degree program in jazz--and continued to be involved in its leadership as Coordinator of Jazz Studies for several years.

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PETE YELLIN Dance Of Allegra album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Dance Of Allegra
Fusion 1972
PETE YELLIN It's The Right Thing album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
It's The Right Thing
Fusion 1973
PETE YELLIN Colors Of Brooklyn album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Colors Of Brooklyn
Hard Bop 1993
PETE YELLIN Mellow Soul 11/14/95 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mellow Soul 11/14/95
Hard Bop 1995
PETE YELLIN Pete Yellin & His All Star Group ‎: It's You Or No One album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Pete Yellin & His All Star Group ‎: It's You Or No One
Hard Bop 1996
PETE YELLIN Mellow Soul album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mellow Soul
Hard Bop 1998
PETE YELLIN How Long Has This Been Going On? album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
How Long Has This Been Going On?
Hard Bop 2008

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European Connection - Live!
Hard Bop 1995

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PETE YELLIN Dance Of Allegra

Album · 1972 · Fusion
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Herbie Hancock’s Sextet of the early 70s,was a short lived ensemble, but the members of that group went on to record with other artists as leaders playing a similar experimental electric fusion. Many already know about similar groups led by Eddie Henderson, Bennie Maupin and Julius Priester, but lesser known are Sextet influenced recording dates led by Norman Connors, Buddy Terry and Pete Yellin. Many of these sessions not only included former Sextet members, but also musicians from the early versions of Return to Forever and Weather Report. Saxophonist Pete Yellin’s first recording as a leader, “Dance of Allegra”, features Henderson and Billy Hart from the Sextet, plus Stanley Clarke from RTF and Dom Um Romao from Weather Report. Back then Kenny Barron was often the fill in for fusion dates that Herbie couldn’t make, and he does an outstanding job on the Fender Rhodes. Whereas a lot of these musicians approached fusion from an RnB angle, Pete was a bopper and his playing reflects his interest in Charlie Parker, Phil Woods and Eric Dolphy. Indeed, Yellin would finish out his career with many fine hard bop outings and not much fusion.

“Dance of Allegra” opens with some Brazilian flavored grooves, played aggressively in the style of the times with many solos veering into free jazz terrain. The sound is very electric and almost psychedelic, although not quite as effects laden as Herbie’s classic recordings. Side one closes with an extended free bop jam that really fits with Yellin’s alto style. Side two is in more of a funk-fusion style, with the first track being the more agro, and the closer being the one track with a medium tempo, and features Yellin on flute. Needless to say, if you liked Herbie’s Sextet and its many spin off groups, you’ll probably like this one too. The playing is excellent, and the recording quality is bold and in your face.

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