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Yellowjackets – Altered State (2005) SACD-R
Artist: Yellowjackets | Album: Altered State | Released: 2005 | Quality: SACD-R ( DSD64 2.0, DST64 5.1 ) | Label: Heads Up | Catalog #: HUSA 9097 | Genre: Jazz, Crossover Jazz, Smooth Jazz

An original cover by artist Peter Max adorns the latest in a long series of albums from this creative quartet.They began life as the session band for guitarist Robben Ford in the late ‘70s. Over the years they have changed & developed thru many variations upon a basic jazz fusion style – blues, R&B, world music, Afro-Cuban, acoustic. Experimenting with tradition has been Yellowjackets’ thing all along. Now made up of leading reedman & big band leader Bob Mintzer, keyboardist Russell Ferrante, electric bassist Jimmy Haslip & drummer Marcus Baylor, Yellowjackets are playing with offbeat meters & rhythms plus unusual melodies in this album. The first track is 15 beats to the bar, for example. There are vocals this time, 1 from Jean Baylor, even with backup singers. All 11 tracks are original tunes by members of the band, with one involving 3 of them together. The dynamic groove of this band has always been a kick, & with the terrific surround playback it’s a kick & a half!
~ John Henry

Regardless of medium – be it music, canvas, film, the written word or any other form – most artists agree that the creative process usually takes them to another place, a level of consciousness that differs dramatically from the everyday experience.
Keyboardist Russell Ferrante, saxophonist Bob Mintzer, bassist Jimmy Haslip & drummer Marcus Baylor are 4 such artists. They are known collectively as the Yellowjackets, a quartet that has carved a unique niche in jazz by relentlessly exploring these alternate planes of consciousness time & again for more than 2 decades. Loaded with odd meters, evocative melodies & harmonies, the album is the result of what happens when 4 highly talented musicians “get off the tried & true path & find some less-traveled roads,” says Ferrante. “It refers to that meditative place where one goes when you engage in whatever creative thing you do.”
01.Suite 15 04:50
02.March Majestic 05:18
03.The Hope 05:04
04.Hunter's Point 06:12
05.Mother Earth 04:40
06.Youth Eternal 05:06
07.Free Day 05:26
08.Cross Current 05:26
09.Aha 05:47
10.57 Chevy 06:19
11.Unity 05:27

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