Wednesday, May 18, 2016

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Yellowjackets


The jazz fusion group Yellowjackets have been around since the late 70s and they were very successful recording for GRP in the 80s. The group is still around today. The 1977 formation of Yellowjackets came out of the Los Angeles studio scene. Guitarist Robben Ford and pianist Russell Ferrante were members of Tom Scott's LA Express that toured with Joni Mitchell. After the tour, the two formed a band with bassist Jimmy Haslip and drummer Ricky Lawson. They recorded the 1979 Robben Ford album The Inside Story featuring Ford's vocals. They decided to eliminate the vocals and call themselves Yellowjackets. They signed with Warner Bros. and released their debut album in 1981. Ford left in 1983 and he was at first replaced by sax player Richard Elliot and then he was replaced by Marc Russo. Both guys were in Tower Of Power. Yellowjackets moved to GRP Records for the 1987 album Four Corners. Lawson was replaced by Will Kennedy. Former Weather Report percussionist Alex Acuna worked with them in the studio but did not tour with them. Wildlife is from this album. It was nominated for a Grammy and Yellowjackets did very well on the jazz charts. Russo left in 1991 and he was replaced by Bob Mintzer. Yellowjackets recorded for GRP until 1993. This comp covers the GRP recordings. They returned to Warner Bros. in 1995 and they also recorded for Telarc. Yellowjackets currently record for Mack Avenue and their latest CD Cohearance was released last month. They are currently on tour. Here's the video for Wildlife by Yellowjackets.

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