YELLOWJACKETS

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In 1977, Robben Ford assembled a group of veteran session musicians to record his album The Inside Story. The trio of musicians, which included keyboardist Russell Ferrante, bassist Jimmy Haslip and drummer Ricky Lawson, soon discovered a certain "chemistry" and musical affinity that led to their formation of Yellowjackets. The Inside Story being mainly instrumental, Robben Ford's record label wanted him to record another album that was more pop and vocal oriented. The group, known as the Robben Ford Group, preferred to pursue the instrumental route, and a "band within a band" was formed. This same group with Robben Ford on guitar recorded digital demos that were eventually accepted by Warner Brothers, and Yellowjackets was born. While Robben's contributions would diminish over the years to being a guest artist, the group known as Yellowjackets would flourish. Their debut album Yellowjackets made serious waves in jazz radio, garnering public and read more...
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PoliticsPolitics
Mca 1990
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Raising Our VoiceRaising Our Voice
Mack Avenue 2018
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GreenhouseGreenhouse
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Heads Up 2003
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ShadesShades
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YELLOWJACKETS Discography

YELLOWJACKETS albums / top albums

YELLOWJACKETS Yellowjackets album cover 3.33 | 3 ratings
Yellowjackets
Fusion 1981
YELLOWJACKETS Mirage a Trois album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Mirage a Trois
Fusion 1983
YELLOWJACKETS Samurai Samba album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Samurai Samba
Fusion 1985
YELLOWJACKETS Shades album cover 3.33 | 3 ratings
Shades
Fusion 1986
YELLOWJACKETS Four Corners album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Four Corners
Fusion 1987
YELLOWJACKETS Politics album cover 2.75 | 2 ratings
Politics
Fusion 1988
YELLOWJACKETS The Spin album cover 3.50 | 3 ratings
The Spin
Fusion 1989
YELLOWJACKETS Greenhouse album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Greenhouse
Fusion 1991
YELLOWJACKETS Like a River album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Like a River
Fusion 1993
YELLOWJACKETS Run For Your Life album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Run For Your Life
Fusion 1994
YELLOWJACKETS Dreamland album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Dreamland
Fusion 1995
YELLOWJACKETS Blue Hats album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Blue Hats
Fusion 1997
YELLOWJACKETS Club Nocturne album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Club Nocturne
Fusion 1998
YELLOWJACKETS Peace Round: A Christmas Celebration album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Peace Round: A Christmas Celebration
Fusion 2003
YELLOWJACKETS Time Squared album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Time Squared
Fusion 2003
YELLOWJACKETS Altered State album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Altered State
Fusion 2005
YELLOWJACKETS Lifecycle (feat. Mike Stern) album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Lifecycle (feat. Mike Stern)
Fusion 2008
YELLOWJACKETS Timeline album cover 2.50 | 2 ratings
Timeline
Fusion 2011
YELLOWJACKETS A Rise In The Road album cover 2.33 | 3 ratings
A Rise In The Road
Fusion 2013
YELLOWJACKETS Cohearence album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cohearence
Fusion 2016
YELLOWJACKETS Raising Our Voice album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Raising Our Voice
Fusion 2018

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YELLOWJACKETS live albums

YELLOWJACKETS Live Wires album cover 2.45 | 2 ratings
Live Wires
Fusion 1992
YELLOWJACKETS Mint Jam album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Mint Jam
Fusion 2001
YELLOWJACKETS Twenty Five album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Twenty Five
Fusion 2006

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YELLOWJACKETS Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Collection
Fusion 1995
YELLOWJACKETS Priceless Jazz Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Priceless Jazz Collection
Fusion 1998
YELLOWJACKETS The Best Of Yellowjackets album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best Of Yellowjackets
Fusion 1999
YELLOWJACKETS The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Yellowjackets album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Yellowjackets
Fusion 2006

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YELLOWJACKETS Live Wires

Live album · 1992 · Fusion
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Sean Trane
Generally 80’s fusion groups are better forgotten, because of that decade’s technology traits, but also the general plasticity or synthetic feel of the music, especially compared with the energetic and fire-setting jazz rock of the previous. Indeed if you’re into Level 42, Vital Information, with some unnerving vocals ala late 70’s Doobies Bros and Steely Dan and other similar stuff of the genre, YJ might just be up your alley. In other words, you’d better accept a solid layer or radio-friendly AOR crap into your fusion, which then comes closes to qualifying (at times) as fuzak. And the least that can be said is that outside the funky nature of the bass, most of Yellowjackets’ jazzy pop lacks energy, despite the addition of guests (mostly vocal) and a loathsome “worst-80’s-plight” Synclavier. But then again, the same thing can be said of most mainstream musics of that dreaded decade, if you’ll except the metal genres, which is probably the reason of the latter’s success.

The problem with Yellowjackets’ works is that it doesn’t really get better with live or concerts, where they don’t get any rockier or jazzier while on stage. Indeed they’re more pop than anything else on this Live Wires; if the instrumental tracks are already poppy enough, things get unbearably insufferable (even more the intolerable Level 42) once they start singing in tracks such as The Dream and the atrocious Revelation… But the jazz balance is re-centred with the jazzier (the Caribbean way) Downtown, the Spin and Claire’s Song (roughly midway through the album), proof (if any are needed) that these guys can indeed play, but choose to sell-out in 90% of the cases. Unfortunately they decided to close the disc with the awful sucky-later-Doobies Revelation track, a colossal mistake: ending with such a commercial stinker can destroy the envy to push the “repeat play” button on your remote.

Best avoided if you’re a really serious jazz fan, and if you’re more casual about it, it might still be advisable to stay away as well, unless you like Synclavier and late 80’s sonics. If, despite this good but poor review, you should decide to investigate YJ, then you could use this one live album as an intro, despite the fact that two of the original four members are now long-gone, as the group chose to feature one song from everyone of their albums (bar the debut) and a second one from The Spin. But let’s be fair, the present album was recorded when the group’s musical interests had taken a turn to straighter jazz musics with the surrounding release of Greenhouse and Like A River. So not as bad an intro as my review might hint.

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