For over 40 years the Yellowjackets have been the leaders in jazz fusion, always adapting to the latest trends and the changes in society. Throughout their storied 43-year history, the Yellowjackets have recorded 25 albums, received 17 Grammy® nominations – won 2 – performed countless sold-out tours, and enjoyed worldwide critical acclaim and commercial success. The Yellowjackets formed in the late 1970s as the backup band for guitarist Robben Ford. They recorded their first album together in 1980. Shortly after that recording, however, Ford decided to part ways and go in a different musical direction. As a result, the modern-day Yellowjackets were formed — a trio with Russell Ferrante, Jimmy Haslip, and Ricky Lawson. Since then, and with the addition of Bob Mintzer, the Yellowjackets have gained and maintained prominence as one of jazz’s most influential and loved groups.
Their latest release features Russell Ferrante-piano/keys and Bob Mintzer-tenor/soprano/EWI, the 2 senior members along with their younger counterparts, Dane Alderson-bass and Will Kennedy-drums. This new album features 9 original compositions by the members of the quartet that reflect the challenging times we’re living in, Yellowjackets always create music to ease the tensions of everyday life!+
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