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Yellowjackets

Although sometimes grouped with Spyro Gyra, Yellowjackets are actually one of the most creative regular groups in the "rhythm & jazz" genre. Founded in 1981 as an R&B-oriented band that starred guitarist Robben Ford, the group took a giant step forward when, after Ford's departure, altoist Marc Russo took his place. With original members Russell Ferrante on keyboards and electric bassist Jimmy Haslip, in addition to drummer William Kennedy, the band found its own R&B-ish sound, sometimes playing original compositions that sounded like Joe Zawinul at his most melodic. Starting out on Warner Bros. in the early '80s, Yellowjackets moved to MCA/GRP in 1986, where they released a string of well-received albums. In the '90s, Russo chose to go out on his own, and his replacement, Bob Mintzer (on tenor and bass clarinet), added more jazz credibility to the group's music. They moved back to Warner Bros. in 1995 for several albums before moving to the Heads Up label for the live two-CD set Mint Jam in 2002. Their first studio album in five years, Time Squared, was released in 2003. Three years later, the band celebrated its 25th anniversary as an ensemble with the release of the live album Twenty Five. The studio album Lifecycle followed in 2008. In 2011, the band marked its 30th year with the release of Timeline on Mack Avenue. In 2013 the band released A Rise in the Road, their first album to showcase new bassist Felix Pastorius (son of Jaco). Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire also guested on three tracks. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
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A smooth Classic..... .
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This particular track does not agree with me. Poor quality. Everybody going in different directions. Not in sync.
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These cats get they swing on!
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Thank you Yellowjacket s for the wonderful evening I spent years ago enjoying your marvelous music at The Bottomline, N.Y.C. An unforgettabl e musical experience! : )
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Live version of GERALDINE
SWEET SOUND !!!!! Bob gets his SMOOTH MELLOW ON !!! ��
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Yellowjacket s , is my favorite group in this genre!!! The group has a very distinct sound, easily recognized above the fray. The rhythm is funky, melodic and always has me tapping my feet, no matter the tempo.
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Always a blessing & an honor to listen to the Yellowjacket s , bringing always fond memories of their Bottomline, N.Y.C concert engagement which I attended.Thi s marvelous tune goes out to the legendary Miles Davis!
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INDIAN SUMMER rocks !!!! ��
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777 Hallelujah!
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As always Yellowjacket s , thanks for the memories, Bottomline N.Y.C.
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rlawson861 --> Your dad will always be remembered! He co-founded the Yellowjacket s . May he rest in peace with my brothers in music.
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WITH THESE HANDS! : )
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Fabulous tune, reminds me of the wonderful evening I experienced The Yellowjacket s , live in concert at The Bottomline, N.Y.C. Thanks for an unforgettabl e night brothers! : )
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NOW PANDORA Y'ALL BALLIN'
The Yellowjacket s discography is growing LEAPS & BOUNDS !!!!!
Thank you !!!!!!
WE NEED MORE !!!!
Please if by chance you can look @
DORI CAYMMI'S "KICKING CANS"
PLEASE THROW THAT CD IN THE MIX !!!! ��
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Saw Mark Russo with ToP @ The Tennessee Gin & Cotton Club prior to it's closing. Nice
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FOR THE LOVE OF ALL YELLOWJACKET S FANS, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE PANDORA, UPDATE THE WONDERFUL DISCOGRAPHY OF THIS BAND !!!!!!
ALL THEIR ALBUMS FROM THE 90'S ESPECIALLY, the cd where they backed Michael Franks, DRAGONFLY SUMMER (excellent, featuring, PEGGY LEE). Also the cd titled GREENHOUSE & all cd's featuring MARC RUSSO on sax. THANK YOU
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R.I.P. TO THE ORIGINAL DRUMMER, MY FATHER, RICKY LAWSON!!!!!! ! ! ! ! !
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wonderbag
Please stop ya'lls whining. The tag says selected discograpghy . If you are a true fan you know their entire catalog.
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seansets
How can you list a YellowJacket s discography without including what is their best and arguably one of the all time great albums....Gr e e n House!!! Also, Like A River is a Classic.
Not to be too critical but I really don't consider the group that included Robben Ford the Yellow Jackets. Until Bob Mintzer, Haslip and Kennedy joined forces there was no Yellow Jackets.
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WHERE IS THE DRAGONFLY SUMMER ALBUM ?
What about LIKE A RIVER album?
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why didn't they Marcus Baylor on drums ,booo
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Hello where is Four Corners?
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i love these guys never got a chance to check them out in concert, fingers still crossed, come to Philly soon, Please?
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PLEASE UPDATE THE YELLOWJACKET S DISCOGRAPHY !!!!
There are quite a few of their cd's that are not in your database!!! PLEASE!!!!!
Love this band in all formats !!!! Not just the best of's X
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bleedpurple2 1
Why aren't four corners and politics in album discography? They are two of their best albums.
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Loved this band since it's inception with Robben Ford at the helm. Always put on a great show. Even loved their performance with Chris Botti at the Hollywood Bowl last year!!
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You missed the second album they made. It was called Mirage A Trois.
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awesome, awesome, awesome....u s e d to see Felix Pastorius play in a band called Way of the Groove in mid 2000s and was recently told he was with the Yellowjacket s by Rolando Williman of Uproot Hootenanny & fell in love with all Yellowjacket works immediately.
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Saw the group in Richmond Va. at the 6 the st.Market Place. I follow them over the years and and I was very pleased.
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Now this is one of The Jackets best compositions yet,a classic! :)
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a44drummer82
It's not on Pandora or Spotify
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a44drummer82
Check out Yellow Jackets 2008 album Lifecycle with Mike Stern....Smo k i n ! ! !
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barmumba25
Rest in peace Ricky Lawson drummer 4 the group and to add Grammy winner also god rest ur soul thanks for keeping up wit Tyme
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fly_loww
Lucky to see them in Charlotte on Saturday night with Spyro Gyra... Great Concert. They still sound great !
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Saw them in concert multiple times and their sound never gets old. Got all their music. Love em
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Yellow Jackets are awesome. I was introduced to them by my brother Larry, a jazz bass funkateer in the early 80's. I've loved them since.
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Witnessed their fine musicianship live at Santa Monica College way back in 82. Bob Mintzer sold me on them ever since he joined them.
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I have embraced Yellowjacket s since their beginning. To experience the group's evolution move full circle. Being able to witness them in concert is just simply amazing to behold. I'm a TRUE lifetime fan of this group.
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This band is like a baptist church rocking on a Sunday morn x
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Saw them at an art museum in La Jolla way back in the 80's. Fantastic show. Been a fan forever it seems.
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Greetings from Denmark
Been a fan since Mirage a trois and as I get older I love their music for other reasons than when I was younger - amazing - love you guys
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The addition of Bob Mintzer was a masterful stroke !!! Check out "River Waltz". WOW !!! Thanks Mr Mintzer x
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The Yellowjacket s kick a** !!! With all the personnel changes they've gone thru, they still rock !!!! X
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Shades!!? Won a Grammy and not even mentioned here..? I love that album.
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Sorry 2 say this but there can never,ever, be any comparison between The Jackets & Spyro Gyra, simply imposible! I happen 2 have seen both bands live which was truly a blessing & an honour. So excuse me but THE YELLOW JACKETS are in a way different plateau sir!
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Yes! Another one of my all-time bands. Hope 2 listen 2 more of your excellent work. By the way, I remember back when I saw you in concert @ NYC!
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ricksammon
Just saw these guys in Boston. Amazing!! Amazing!
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LOVED having the opportunity to see them at the Dakota in Minneapolis and chat after the show (very cool and down to earth folk)!
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I'm a long time Yellow Jackets fan but why isn't there anything on Pandora from the best album they ever made - Mirage a Trois
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Love this band, definitely a must see live. incredible!! ! Met Will Kennedy both times I went to see them, what a down to earth guy. Took time to hang out and talk well after the shows were over.
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