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In 1977, Robben Ford assembled a group of veteran session musicians to record his album The Inside Story. The trio of musicians, which included keyboardist Russell Ferrante, bassist Jimmy Haslip and drummer Ricky Lawson, soon discovered a certain “chemistry” and musical affinity that led to their formation of Yellowjackets. The Inside Story being mainly instrumental, Robben Ford’s record label wanted him to record another album that was more pop and vocal oriented. The group, known as the Robben Ford Group, preferred to pursue the instrumental route, and a “band within a band” was formed. This same group with Robben Ford on guitar recorded digital demos that were eventually accepted by Warner Brothers, and Yellowjackets was born. While Robben’s contributions would diminish over the years to being a guest artist, the group known as Yellowjackets would flourish.
Their debut album Yellowjackets made serious waves in jazz radio, garnering public and critical acclaim. Mirage A Trois followed in its footsteps. While they went on a brief hiatus to pursue other projects, they reassembled in time for the 1984 Playboy Jazz Festival, adding percussionist Paulinho Da Costa and their new lead voice, sax man Marc Russo. This landmark concert paved the way for their eventual success both on the Billboard Jazz charts and concert venues around the world, and resulted in the third spicy Yellowjackets album Samurai Samba. 1986 saw the group moving over to MCA Records to record Shades, the title track being written by Donald Fagen (of Steely Dan fame) as a tribute to the many “shades” he heard in the group’s music.


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  • DNABey

    My favorite band since being introduced to them in the 90s.

    10 May 3:04am Reply
  • EmmettNorthJr

    I was introduced to the Yellow Jackets music on the road back in 1980' from the band i was playing with and they were fresh to my ears,i love their sound and players,Emmett North Jr.

    18 Jul 2013 Reply
  • vermilion_helix

    Really enjoyable Jazz Fusion, glad that I've discovered this band =D

    3 Oct 2012 Reply
  • chazzmo57

    yellowjackets are my favorite contemporary jazz band. Have been so for years. So original,with a sound all their own! I look forward to every new release. They feel the music they play...what more can you ask? chazzmojazz

    31 Jul 2012 Reply
  • lucibs

    fantásticos em Rio das Ostras!

    30 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Erikmar

    I can´t wait till friday i will see them!!

    6 Oct 2010 Reply
  • rainlvr1

    Love the Yellowjackets....try Savanna, Tortoise and the Hare and Priscilla...and the many more where those came from. Turn it up so you can vibe on every note!

    29 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Goobberzz

    amazing stuff right here

    20 Feb 2010 Reply
  • Uchot

    which album is the best?

    16 Feb 2010 Reply
  • FunkyStickman

    Been listening to the Yellowjackets for years, Mintzer's sound heavily influenced the way I play sax today... the man is phenomenal, not to mention the rest of the band. Well worth a listen to anybody who wants to know what a top-notch jazz fusion group should sound like.

    18 Jan 2010 Reply
  • reimusho

    <Club Nocturne> is very nice. :)

    6 Nov 2009 Reply
  • azmihairudin

    ya..marc russo..loves his sound..

    3 Jun 2009 Reply

    There's no Yellowjackets without Marc Russo's saxophone

    10 May 2009 Reply
  • eshcol

    Terrific group and my fave is "Goin' home" these are just the best!

    27 Apr 2009 Reply
  • vyntage1

    Yellow Jackets reminds me of Weather Report.

    10 Feb 2009 Reply
  • MooMooKei

    hell yeah.

    5 Feb 2009 Reply
  • HeinerKeb

    pretty smooth music :)

    19 Jan 2009 Reply
  • tricubus5000

    wow. lame.

    19 Dec 2008 Reply
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    Hey there! Listen to: and leave a comment on my brand new tracks! Hope you enjoy them!

    20 Nov 2008 Reply
  • knumbskull

    I recognize and represent !!!!!!!

    3 Apr 2008 Reply
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