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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 25, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: June 25, 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Mack Avenue
  • ASIN: B00CAZOHQG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,703 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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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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I was thrilled to find a brand new Yellow Jackets release, and thoroughly surprised that Jimmy Haslip was replaced by Jaco's son, also a very fine bassist! The songs are well crafted, played well and likeable too. I guess I gave it only four stars because I didn't instantly love any of the songs like I usually do, one that just resonates with your jazz soul. Timeline had a few that haunted!It is definitely worth the investment, these are great musicians and always put out a quality release! I miss Jimmy, but then everything changes...
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