Heads Up, 2008CD

Issue: 14.2

Jazz Ruler Type: R&B+Jazz
O's Jazz Ruler

Performance: 4
Performance Chart

Sound: 4
Sound Chart

Score Chart

O’s Notes: This is yet another reincarnation of a veteran contemporary jazz band. With over 27 years under their belt, the Yellowjackets have incorporated a slice of fusion courtesy of guitarist Mike Stern! The rest of the act is familiar: Bob Mintzer (sax, cl), Jimmy Haslip (b), Russell Ferrante (keyboards) and Marcus Baylor (d). The music is a set of originals written by each of the members and guest artist, Stern. You’ll recognize the Yellowjackets signature and also Stern’s fusion guitar. Highlights are “Falken’s Maze”, “Country Living” and “Claire’s Closet”. The combination is a satisfying accentuated sound, unmistakably Yellowjackets but with a satisfying twist of Stern!


Publicist: Telarc Jazz