Yellowjackets

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Yellowjackets - Yellowjackets Yellowjackets
Jazz New - LP BSK 3573 Warner
Sealed 1981 Original. “The Yellowjackets Made A Splash With Their First Record, An Accessible Mixture Of Jazz, Rock, And Funk Bearing The Unmistakable Mark Of The L.A. Session Scene That Spawned Them. In Fact, The Yellowjackets Had Their Roots In The Sessions For Robben Ford's 1979 Album The Inside Story. Russell Ferrante, Jimmy Haslip, And Ricky Lawson All Appeared On That Album And Reenlisted Ford's Help For Their Own Debut, With The Guitarist's Fluid Soloing Often Taking The Lead Role. As Fun An Album As It Is -- And There Are Times When The Melodies Rise To A Joyful Exuberance That Recalls Weather Report's "Birdland" -- Yellowjackets Isn't A True Fusion Record. Ricky Lawson Provides Rock Beats To The Material, Haslip's Bass Work Is As Funky As It Is Jazzy, And The Arrangements Tend To Stick With The Same Groove (As Ingratiating As They May Be) Rather Than Explore The Musical Themes Like An Esoteric Jazz Band Might. The Opening "Matinee Idol" Is As Much The Jackson 5 (One Of Lawson's Previous Gigs) As Fusion, "Rush Hour" Is Jazzy In A Steely Dan Sense, While "Sittin' In It" Actually Borrows From The Old Funk Classic "For The Love Of Money." There Are Some Nice, Chunky Grooves That Give The Album A Sense Of Substance ("The Hornet," "Imperial Strut"), A Wistful Track In "It's Almost Gone," And A Neat Melody Tucked Into "Priscilla," All Of Which Contribute To The Album's Charm. If You Enjoy The Smooth, Guitar-Led Jazz From This Period (E.G., Earl Klugh, Lee Ritenour), Yellowjackets Is Worth Checking Out, Both For The Upbeat Melodies And Ford's Seemingly Effortless Solos.” Dave Connolly, AMG.... more details
 
Yellowjackets - Greenhouse Greenhouse
Jazz Used - LP 73648 GRP
Almost Impossible To Find 1991 Vinyl. Appears Glossy, Unplayed.... more details
 
Yellowjackets - The Spin The Spin
Jazz New - LP 6304 MCA
Sealed 1989 Vinyl.... more details
 
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Four Corners
Jazz New - LP 5994 MCA
Sealed 1987 Original.... more details
 
Yellowjackets - Yellowjackets Yellowjackets
Jazz New - LP BSK 3573 Warner
Sealed 1981 Original. Saw Cut. “The Yellowjackets Made A Splash With Their First Record, An Accessible Mixture Of Jazz, Rock, And Funk Bearing The Unmistakable Mark Of The L.A. Session Scene That Spawned Them. In Fact, The Yellowjackets Had Their Roots In The Sessions For Robben Ford's 1979 Album The Inside Story. Russell Ferrante, Jimmy Haslip, And Ricky Lawson All Appeared On That Album And Reenlisted Ford's Help For Their Own Debut, With The Guitarist's Fluid Soloing Often Taking The Lead Role. As Fun An Album As It Is -- And There Are Times When The Melodies Rise To A Joyful Exuberance That Recalls Weather Report's "Birdland" -- Yellowjackets Isn't A True Fusion Record. Ricky Lawson Provides Rock Beats To The Material, Haslip's Bass Work Is As Funky As It Is Jazzy, And The Arrangements Tend To Stick With The Same Groove (As Ingratiating As They May Be) Rather Than Explore The Musical Themes Like An Esoteric Jazz Band Might. The Opening "Matinee Idol" Is As Much The Jackson 5 (One Of Lawson's Previous Gigs) As Fusion, "Rush Hour" Is Jazzy In A Steely Dan Sense, While "Sittin' In It" Actually Borrows From The Old Funk Classic "For The Love Of Money." There Are Some Nice, Chunky Grooves That Give The Album A Sense Of Substance ("The Hornet," "Imperial Strut"), A Wistful Track In "It's Almost Gone," And A Neat Melody Tucked Into "Priscilla," All Of Which Contribute To The Album's Charm. If You Enjoy The Smooth, Guitar-Led Jazz From This Period (E.G., Earl Klugh, Lee Ritenour), Yellowjackets Is Worth Checking Out, Both For The Upbeat Melodies And Ford's Seemingly Effortless Solos.” Dave Connolly, AMG.... more details
 
Yellowjackets - Shades Shades
Jazz New - LP 5752 MCA
Sealed 1986 Original.... more details
 
Yellowjackets - Samurai Samba Samurai Samba
Jazz New - LP 25204 Warner
Sealed 1985 Original. Crisp Corners.... more details
 
Yellowjackets - Four Corners Four Corners
Jazz Used - LP MCA 5994 MCA
1987 Original With Custom Inner Sleeve.... more details
 
Yellowjackets - Mirage A Trois Mirage A Trois
Jazz Used - LP 23813 Warner
1983 Original In Shrink Wrap.... more details
 
Yellowjackets - Politics Politics
Jazz New - LP MCA 6236 MCA
Sealed 1988 Original. “A Nearly Complete Departure From Smooth Jazz, Politics Is Arguably The Yellowjackets' Strongest Effort To Date. True, There Is The Pure Pop Of The Single "Local Hero" (Which Features A Rhythm Section More Rock Than Jazz) And The Accessible "Evening Dance" To Be Considered, But They're The Exceptions Rather Than The Rule. Like Four Corners Before It, Politics Engages In Exotic, Dreamy Textures, The New Wrinkle Here Being The Joining Of Russell Ferrante's Keyboards And Marc Russo's Saxophones To Create Intoxicating, Complex Themes (The Opening Pair Of "Oz" And "Tortoise & The Hare" Are The Best Examples Of This Technique). The Disc Also Finds The Yellowjackets Incorporating Elements Of Post-Bop ("Downtown," "Foreign Correspondent") And More Traditional Jazz ("Helix," Which Affords A Rare Opportunity To Compare Ferrante's Piano Technique To Those Of Artists Like Chick Corea And Bill Evans). The Biggest Difference In Sound Comes From Russo, Who Downplays His Typically Smooth Soloing For More Cerebral Fare. Jimmy Haslip's Bass Has Grown Steadily More Subtle Over Time, Though He Does Showcase His Fretless Skills On "Galileo (For Jaco)" And Provides A Perfect Complement To Russo's Sax On The Romantic "Avance." The Rhythms Of William Kennedy Have Moved Higher In The Mix, Which Partially Accounts For Haslip's Diminished Presence, With Guest Alex Acuña Again Providing Occasional Percussion. It's A Pleasure To Hear The Yellowjackets Move Beyond Smooth Jazz To Bring Their Talents To Bear On More Substantive Music. Despite The Variety Of Styles -- From Giddy, Ponty-Like Patterns To Thoughtful, Unfolding Ballads -- The Yellowjackets Treat Every Song With Care And Craftsmanship. The Band Returned To Self-Producing After This, So Some Of The Softness In Tone That Co-Producer David Hentschel Brought To The Sessions Was Lost On The Spin. Of The Four Albums That The Band Made For MCA, Politics Is The One To Own.” Dave Connolly, AMG.... more details
 
Yellowjackets - Mirage A Trois Mirage A Trois
Jazz New - LP 23813 Warner
Sealed 1983 Original.... more details
 
Yellowjackets - Yellowjackets Yellowjackets
Jazz Used - LP BSK 3573 Warner
Beautiful 1981 Test Pressing With Insert.... more details
 
Yellowjackets - The Spin The Spin
Jazz Used - LP 6304 MCA
1989 Original Still In Shrink Wrap With Custom Sticker Hyping The Hits: "Geraldine," "The Spin" And "Storytellers." Vinyl Appears Glossy, Unplayed.... more details
 
Yellowjackets - The Spin The Spin
Jazz New - LP 6304 MCA
Sealed 1989 Original With Small Saw Cut.... more details
 
Yellowjackets - Samurai Samba Samurai Samba
Jazz New - LP 25204 Warner
Sealed 1985 Original. Clean Cut Out Hole.... more details
 
Yellowjackets - Timeline Timeline
Jazz New - LP MAC1058LP Mack Avenue
Sealed, Out Of Print 2013 2LP 180gm HQ Gatefold Original. Features Bob Mintzer On Tenor Sax, Soprano Sax And Bass Clarinet.... more details
 
Yellowjackets - Mirage A Trois Mirage A Trois
Jazz New - LP 23813 Warner
Sealed 1983 Original. Saw Cut.... more details
 

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