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Yellowjackets is an American jazz fusion/smooth jazz quartet.
The original group, called The Robben Ford Group, was formed in 1977, and consisted of Robben Ford, Russell Ferrante, Jimmy Haslip and Ricky Lawson, all top-notch L.A. session musicians. Ford had originally assembled the group to record Inside Story, but, signed to a separate record contract, ended up listed as a guest artist.

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Eventually he was replaced by saxophone and EWI player Richard Elliott, who appeared only on the "Mirage a Trois" album, before switching places in 1984 with alto saxophonist Marc Russo, who had been in the seminal R&B band Tower of Power. Ricky Lawson left in 1986 to tour with Lionel Richie. Some of their songs were featured on The Weather Channel's Local On The 8s segments -- the Ferrante composition, "Matinee Idol," being the most well-known.

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Track List:
1. Spirit of the West
2. Red Sea
3. Tenacity
4. Clara's Song
5. Green House
6. Why Is It
7. Revelation

BOB MINTZER - saxophone, EWI
RUSSELL FERRANTE - piano, keyboards

Founded in 1981 as a jazz-fusion band that starred guitarist Robben Ford, the group's sound became more R&B-oriented after Ford's departure, with Marc Russo's crisp alto saxophone sound and soaring high-register solos. 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.

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