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A Rise in the Road [CD]

YellowjacketsAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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In music, time flies, styles unstoppably evolve, and bands come and go. But there are also rare stable, forward moving forces on the scene—one prime example in jazz being the Yellowjackets. As of 2011, this beloved eclectic, electro-acoustic jazz band that keyboardist Russell Ferrante and bassist Jimmy Haslip built celebrates the ripe, young but deep age ... Read more in Amazon's Yellowjackets Store

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  • Audio CD (June 25, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Mack Avenue
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,543 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2013 release from the veteran Jazz outfit. A Rise In The Road is indeed an appropriate title for a time-honored ensemble that has never been fearful of facing newer musical horizons, not to mention the myriad challenges of life itself. Produced by Ferrante, Mintzer and Kennedy, A Rise In The Road stands shoulder-to-shoulder with their 21 previous efforts. ''It's about the challenges that people face in their lives and whatever path they are on: It's not always smooth sailing, it's not always a level road,'' explains Ferrante, with regards to the project's meaning. ''Certainly, over the 32 years that we've been a band, we've had things come up, challenges such as musicians that have left the band, business people, relationships that you have built over the years. Things come to an end, and you have to meet the challenge and keep going forward.''

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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Like them or not, you have to give the Yellowjackets the credit they deserve. In the early 80's they were a very funky commercial band playing music that would later be referred to as "smooth jazz". Very commercial, R & B based music with rhythms that really had much more to do with pop music than any real form of jazz, much more along the lines of folks like David Sanborn.
It seems the founding members, keyboardist Russell Ferrante and bassist Jimmy Haslip, had bigger ears and other plans though.
With the departure of funky back-beat drummer Ricky Lawson, Ferrante and Haslip took the opportunity to bring in William Kennedy, a drummer much more steeped in real jazz and world music and the bands music took a giant leap ahead artistically with "Four Corners", the bands first album with Kennedy.
Like true artists that want to actually advance and create-and change, the bands music took on many more colors and influences. Matter of fact if I didn't know better i would swear this wasn't the same bassist who made the bands first four albums-That guy was a funky player, poppin' the bass in a way that, to be honest, kind of makes their early albums sound very dated now.
The major creative force behind the band has always been Russell Ferrante, but bassist Jimmy Haslip was right on board with this new change, an expansion of their original sound. Suddenly Haslip was playing his electric bass like he was a true jazzer at heart, and playing much more originally and creative as well, really marking him as a true creative original among young electric jazz bassists. Oh and his composing for the band was excellent as well to boot.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Yellowjackets Masterpiece! June 28, 2013
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I have been a fan of the Yellowjackets since 1991. This my fourteenth CD from them. This one has to be in their top five. The songs, the playing, the recording quality... all are top of the line. There is a reason that this band has thrived for 32 years, and it shows on this album. A Rise in the Road is a bit more straight-ahead jazz and has a guest trumpet player, Ambrose Akinmusire, on a few tunes. New bass player Felix Pastorius does an excellent job. The music is deep and wonderful.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Miss the Electric Sound July 8, 2013
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27 year fan, here. I do understand the concept of jazz evolution - but I do miss Russ' thick overdubs (strings, pads), Bob's signature DWI sound, and Will's African / South-American rhythm influences.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what a great group October 12, 2013
By Jerbear
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I guess I'm a late bloomer here but I just heard these guys this past summer at the Syracuse Jazz Fest and what a wonderful way to be introduce to a group hearing them live. They were just so good now I have heard a song or two over the years but never sat down and really heard them until then. They did play a number of songs from this album well these guys are very good. This album is a wonderful blend of songs and I feel a great represention of who the group are. They are all masters of their craft and flow together well. I found this to be a very pleasent album to listen to. It is so refreshing when you find or I should say I find a great album no bad notes here at least to my ears. If you are looking for a great jazz album by one of the best around today this album is for you. I just got the record today and after listening to got back on Amazon and bought a bunch more of their albums and I'm picky about my music. Now let me just say one thing about the sad state of our so called record stores, here in upstate New York Syracuse area there just isn't any place to buy jazz even Barnes & Noble who used to be halfway not bad have almost done away with jazz. This is a great Americsn art form and personally I now do my shopping here at Amazon. I have found everything I'm looking for plus they know me and make some great suggestions for items I may like.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but not great July 31, 2013
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I be honest to you. I bought this album due to Felix Pastorius is on the bandstand. I am raised in the footprints of Jaco who really made a revolution on the modern bass play. But to compare Felix with his great father is not fair. On this outing he plays the bass in the same way as the other guys play their instruments. The play the tunes, they stay in tune and they make some improvisations on the "safe" side. Bob Mintzer take it a little bit further out from the middle of the road but as the other ones stay in line it really does not take off. I say it is a nice and polite work at the job but not more. If that was the intention they made their day. But I should like to have a Yellowjackets release where they challenge their borders a bit more. They can make it if they want or is someone holding them back?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Each time that I hear a new Yellowjackets album,there is always this wish that I'd been paying more attention to their albums over the years. One of the things that impressed me about them,aside from their extremely funky self titled 1981 debut was their 2008 release Lifecycle,which found them in a more acoustically textured jazz style than their usual sound had been. Of course as with most things this turned out to have happened organically over the course of many albums. And that's the whole thing with any type of jazz you can name: whether it be recorded or live on stage,it depends you keep paying attention to how and why its progressing. On this album I truly have to say keyboardist Russell Ferrante and bassist Jimmy Haslip,saxaphonist Bob Mintzer and drummer Will Kennedy truly outdid themselves again on this one.

"When The Lady Dances" is a slow swinging number showcasing Mintzer as the main soloist-engaging in some very high spirited melodic improvising landing him somewhere between the swinging rhythm and be bop's instrumental riding of the chords."Civil War" has Mintzer and Ferrante on a deeper,drum break oriented funkier fusion piece-again played mainly acoustically. "Can't We Elope" and "An Informed Decision",with its harmonic complex piano as the nucleolus of the song are both heavily influenced by soul jazz with very funky,bluesy rhythms and an strong unison between the soloists. "Longing" is one of my favorites on here-with Mintzer really flowing improvisationally on only a small series of notes in the finest Coltrane style on this moody ballad that is indeed longing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Same ol', same ol'
I'm a huge Yellojackets fan from way back. It seems like they just keep recycling the same stuff over and over again. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Edmond J. Padden
5.0 out of 5 stars Top-notch Yellowjackets.
Excellent album. The trademark Yellowjackets sound is there plus some exciting improvisation from Russell and Co.
Published 2 months ago by LuisP
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Another Great Yellowjackets Album!
Just plain outstanding music; fully in the "vein" of The "Super-Group" that The Yellowjackets genuinely are. Read more
Published 3 months ago by The Vision Catalyst
5.0 out of 5 stars A got to buy!
A great buy, wonderful music. Lots of fun here! My friend absolutely loved this one.thank you so much for making this one!
Published 5 months ago by Reba Hofer
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved It!
Yellowjackets have been around for a long time. I didn't even know they were still producing music. This album is classic Yellowjackets, new music but different sound. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Thad
4.0 out of 5 stars Good music.
I have always enjoyed the musical voices of the Yellowjackets and they continue to provide great music.
The music is creative and original.
Published 8 months ago by thegoodreader
5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth
One could choose many words to describe The Yellowjackets A Rise in the Road, but these two will suffice; simply smooth!
Published 9 months ago by Larry
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Wonderful new music from a group that has stood the test of time. I really enjoy the freshness of this new offering. You will also!!!
Published 12 months ago by Chris Delp
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet Another Gem!
Love the Jackets! From the beginning of their career. Our local radio station use to play a cut from their first LP many moons ago. Read more
Published 12 months ago by 10spd
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful record !
I confess that I didn't open the door to the ' jackets until Mr. Pastorius walked in, but once I did I was so happy to be on board. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Bernard Shufon
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