YELLOWJACKETS (USA)

 

ARussell Ferrante (1977–present) – klavijatura, sintisajzer (keyboards, synthesizers)
Bob Mintzer (1991–present) –
saksafon, bas klarinet, ivi (saxophones, bass clarinet, EWI)
William Kennedy (1987–1999, 2010–present) –
bubnjevi, udaraljke (drums, percussions)
Dane Alderson (2015–present) –
bas (bass)

 

“Yellowjackets”-i su legendarni američki jazz fusion kvartet, pet puta nominovan i dva puta nagrađen Grammy-jem. Izdali su 26 albuma u 35 godina postojanja pod imenom “Yellowjackets”.
Bend je osnovan 1981. godine kao R&B-orijentisan bend na čelu sa gitaristom Robinom Fordom. Bend je napravio veliki korak napred kada je, nakon Fordovog odlaska, altista Mark Ruso zauzeo njegovo mesto. Sa Raselom Ferante iz originalne postave na klavijaturama i basisitom Džimijem Haslipom i bubnjarem Wilijamom Kenedijem, bend je pronašao svoj R&B-jevski zvuk,  izvodeći i originalne kompozicije koje podsećaju na najmelodičnije kompozicije Džoa Zavinula.
U devedesetim, Ruso je odlučio da krene svojim putem, a njegova zamjena Bob Mintzer (na tenor i bas klarinetu) dodaje njihovoj muzici više džez kredibiliteta.
S godinama, grupa se dalje razvijala, pomalo žrtvujući svoju popularnost odbijanjem da budu preterano predvidivi. Snimali su za Worner Bros, MCA i GRP.

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The Yellowjackets are the legendary American jazz fusion quartet, five times nominated and two times Grammy awarded with 26 albums relisted in 35 years of existence under the name of “Yellowjackets”.
Founded in 1981 as an R&B-oriented band that starred guitarist Robben Ford, the group took a giant step forward when, after Ford’s departure, altoist Marc Russo took his place. With original members Russell Ferrante on keyboards and electric bassist Jimmy Haslip, in addition to drummer William Kennedy, the band found its own R&B-ish sound, sometimes playing original compositions that sounded like Joe Zawinul at his most melodic.
In the ’90s, Russo chose to go out on his own, and his replacement Bob Mintzer (on tenor and bass clarinet) added more jazz credibility to the group’s music.
Through the years, the Yellowjackets have continued to evolve, sacrificing their popularity a bit by refusing to be overly predictable. They have recorded for Warner Bros., MCA, and GRP.

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A Yellowjackets USA egyik legjelentősebb, kétszeres Grammy-díjas, jazz fusion zenekara. 35 éves fennállasuk óta 26 albumot jeletettek meg.

Az együttes 1981-ben alakult meg Roben Ford gitáros vezetésével, akit később Mark Ruso altszakszofonos  váltott fel  és Jimmy Haslip basszugitárossal, Russel Ferrante billentyűssel, valamint William Kennedy dobossal,  a zenekar megtalálta az egyedi ‘’Yellowjackets ‘’hangzást.

A kilencvenes években Roussot, a fantasztikus Bob Mintzer tenorszakszofonos váltotta le aki  egy még modernebb hullámot hozott a zenekarba, főleg az elektronikus fúvós hangszeren ( EWI) amin nagyszerűen játszik.  Dane Aldeson basszusgitáros tavaly óta a zenekar állandó tagja.