Yellowjackets – Time Squared (2003)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 61:40 minutes | Scans included | 3,75 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,22 GB
Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround sound | Label: Heads Up # HUSA 9075
Although sometimes grouped with Spyro Gyra, Yellowjackets are actually one of the most creative regular groups in the “rhythm & jazz” genre. Founded in 1981 as an R&B-oriented band, the long-running crossover jazz outfit that has been a Grammy favorite and a top seller since the 1980s.
Following on the heels of their Grammy-nominated Mint Jam, their self-released 2001 “live” recording, the Yellowjackets continue to blaze an enjoyable musical trail that pulsates with their energy and signature sound that few will fail to recognize and many have come to love over the past 30 years. With Time Squared, the group’s first studio recording in five years, the Yellowjackets have added 11 diverse songs to this fertile contemporary jazz landscape. The songs, which were all written by the group’s new members, range from prayerful, peaceful melodies with improvised vocals, such as “Healing Waters,” to those that capture Thelonious Monk’s piano style. On “Monk’s Habit,” pianist Russell Ferrante and tenor saxophonist Bob Mintzer stir up some great jazz memories by playing an amazing straight-ahead set ripe with bebop solos reminiscent of Monk’s time with Sonny Rollins. The title track has the listener in a ’70s boogaloo instinct, but Mintzer has set it apart with the addition of his bass clarinet for texture, Jimmy Haslip’s great basslines, Ferrante’s very cool electric keyboard lead on the melody, and truly complimentary rimshots and backbeats from drummer/percussionist Marcus Baylor. The set closes with “My 1st Best Friend,” which features Mintzer taking a dynamic saxophone solo that has the potential to take its place alongside some of the more memorable jazz solos. Overall, Time Squared is perhaps the most multi-dimensional offering from the Yellowjackets since their explorations in the 1990s took listeners through a diverse cross section of sound and rhythms.
01. Go Go
02. Monk’s Habit
04. Healing Waters
05. Time Squared
06. Gabriela Rose
07. Sea Folk
09. Claire @ 18
10. Village Gait
11. My 1st Best Friend