Yellowjackets – Yellowjackets ( Warner Bros. / 1981 )

This fantastic debut album of the jazz fusion band was first totally underrated, only to be rediscovered after their second release. Robben Ford’s great guitar solo on “Rush Hour” remains unbeatable. Also, “Matinee Idol” is a favorite jazz fusion title.

Track Listing :

1. Matinee Idol (Ferrante) 5.08
2. Imperial Strut (Ferrante) 5.25
3. Sittin’ In It (Ricky Lawson, Bobby Lyle) 5.06
4. Rush Hour (Ferrante, Robben Ford) 5.13
5. The Hornet (Jimmy Haslip, Ferrante) 5.29
6. Priscilla (Haslip, Ford, Chris Palmaro) 5.11
7. It’s Almost Gone (Ferrante) 6.00

Musicians / Personnel :

Russell Ferrante – keyboards
Jimmy Haslip – bass
Ricky Lawson – drums

Robben Ford – guitar
Lenny Castro – percussion
Paulinho da Costa – percussion
Bobby Lyle – acoustic piano (on track 3)
Roland Bautista – guitar (on track 3)
Larry Williams – tenor sax and flutes
Jerry Hey – trumpet and flugelhorn (flugelhorn solo on track 5)
Ernie Watts – tenor sax (on track 1)
Bill Reichenbach – trombones
Gary Herbig – tenor sax and flute
Kim Hutchcroft – tenor and baritone sax