A Rise In The Road (CD)


Yellowjackets

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Amoeba Review

06/25/2013

Jazz fusion greats Yellowjackets have been together for 32 years, and that hasn’t dulled their output one bit, as the band releases another solid album with their 22nd, A Rise in the Road. “When the Lady Dances” echoes classic jazz as Bob Mintzer’s fluid sax playing and Russell Ferante’s elegant piano lines dance around one another before coming together to play a bouncing melody. “Civil War” starts tough and bluesy — Will Kennedy’s beat stays steady, though not militaristic, while the bass notes stay grim, and the pleasure is in watching the song open up over time and become exploratory. Each player shines on A Rise in the Road — Kennedy keeps “Can’t We Elope” hurtling forth; Mintzer is melodic and memorable on “An Informed Decision,” while Ferante is dizzyingly quick; and bassist Felix Pastorius is a remarkable groove player, playing off Kennedy and keeping things rooted, making a fine stand-in for original bassist Jimmy Haslip, who has taken a year off from the band. All in all, A Rise in the Road is another lively high point from the jazz fusion mainstays, maintaining passion across its 10 tracks



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
When The Lady Dances
Yellowjackets 05:07
2.
Civil War
Yellowjackets 05:47
3.
Can't We Elope
Yellowjackets 05:27
4.
An Informed Decision
Yellowjackets 06:29
5.
Longing
Yellowjackets 07:17
6.
Thank You
Yellowjackets 05:46
7.
Madrugada
Yellowjackets 05:08
8.
An Amber Shade Of Blue
Yellowjackets 06:57
9.
(You'll Know) When It's Time
Yellowjackets 04:52
10.
I Knew His Father
Yellowjackets 04:52

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