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  • Audio CD (March 18, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: WEA
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002NAC
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,381 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is the best Yellowjacket recording in years.
ND.NY
The album mixes relatively easy-listening tunes with a few hard-driving ones where both Ferrante and Mintzer are able to branch out.
Peter Oberg (obergian@tscnet.com)
The way the music is performed,the musicians and the compositions are outstanding.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Peter Oberg (obergian@tscnet.com) on June 14, 1998
Format: Audio CD
In typical yellowjackets fashion, Blue Hats takes the listener on a surprise journey of what seems like mainstream pop/jazz, but what is really much more well-crafted than the usual fare. The album mixes relatively easy-listening tunes with a few hard-driving ones where both Ferrante and Mintzer are able to branch out. Russel Ferrante's piano improvisations are at once sparse and lucid-his use of space allows his melodic genius to be appreciated by the attentive listener. Bob Mintzer is a marvelously talented reed man. His playing ranges from the mellowest of tones in a ballad-like setting to the power and intensity of his tenor and bass clarinet improvisations, showcasing his dynamic range and harmonic cleverness. Kennedy and Haslip are two talented players that create the undercurrent without which the group could not shine. Just when you think Yellowjackets have gone to a cheezy commercial sound, they completely surprise you with a power piece in the tradition of Coltrane or McCoy Tyner. For diversity of musical ideas, Yellowjackets continue to delight not just with the first listening, but with repeated ones when one hears more and different aspects of their total sound. Blue Hats is a very tight and not over-produced album, and though their style must fit under the jazz umbrella, it is really much broader and more diverse in its musicality, making Yellowjackets a more creative and eclectic group than most can appreciate.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ND.NY on November 7, 2002
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This is the best Yellowjacket recording in years. The best since "Live Wires". Bob Mintzer, William Kennedy and Russell Ferrante show their instrumental muscles. This is not, I REPEAT not smooth jazz to which this band has unfortunately been associated with. Largely an inaccurate depiction. Here they are firmly steeped in jazz. The mood adult. The pieces save for one, expansive. The ballads are all dark, rich, filled with an emotional maturity and poignancy. There's a sense of longing on these ballads. William Kennedy is a propulsive dynamo on the "up" pieces in this recording. This recording would do much toward eliminating the aforementioned association with smooth jazz. All are fine instrumentalists and it shows here. There is really no coasting at all in this recording. No lush string arrangments or over production. Just a group at the height of it's powers. Bob Mintzer has been welcome change over the more pop based Marc Russo. He has a broad aural range, big bodied tone and a fine improvisational sense. Russell Ferrante shines on acoustic piano. Jimmy Haslip is his usual strong self here. His bass sings when it has to or settles back into "the pocket". If you've missed the last few recordings because you felt that the quality had fallen off, this is the one to pick up because the group is back in fine form.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "jazluvr" on December 22, 2000
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Blue Hats is one of the better productions by the Yellowjackets. I think the mix of musicians in the group had reached a peak in creativity with this album and the one that followed. William Kennedy, the drummer, is a particular standout, especially on tunes like Capetown. I saw William at a drummer workshop and spoke to him regarding this tune. His intricate drumming really paints a backdrop for the tune that hides the rhythm and makes it difficult to count....Personally I was intrigued.
Another fine production by my favorite Yellowjackets team.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By blender on February 29, 2000
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Ferrante and company seem to come up with new things to say musically. I've never been bored with any of their CDs, from the first album I owned, Shades 'til now.
Saw them in a small venue in Scottsdale, AZ, and was impressed with their live sound as well. Much copied, much maligned at times, for being too indistinguishable from MOR jazz. Who cares? Their musicianship and creativitiy shine through every album they produce, regardless of the critiques.
Needless to say, this album and Four Corners rank as my favorites by the Yellowjackets.
Peace Out.
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