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Taking a cue from Weather Report not to mention a percussionist, Alex Acuña, the Yellowjackets created more exotic textures for Four Corners, often with the use of Zawinul-like synthesizers from Russell Ferrante. The album otherwise represents a shift toward more traditional jazz, felt profoundly in the rhythm section of Jimmy Haslip and new drummer William Kennedy. The change in strategy is made plain on the opening "Out of Town," which finds everyone rethinking their instrument beyond the smooth jazz of Shades. While the atmospheric production of David Hentschel and the band lends an ominous air to the music, fans may see it as a poor tradeoff for the readily ...
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All Music Guide - Dave Connolly
Taking a cue from Weather Report not to mention a percussionist, Alex Acuña, the Yellowjackets created more exotic textures for Four Corners, often with the use of Zawinul-like synthesizers from Russell Ferrante. The album otherwise represents a shift toward more traditional jazz, felt profoundly in the rhythm section of Jimmy Haslip and new drummer William Kennedy. The change in strategy is made plain on the opening "Out of Town," which finds everyone rethinking their instrument beyond the smooth jazz of Shades. While the atmospheric production of David Hentschel and the band lends an ominous air to the music, fans may see it as a poor tradeoff for the readily identifiable and often instantly likeable melodies of their previous work. Though nothing leaps off of Four Corners screaming "Hum me," sections of it are mesmerizing. "Past Ports" and "Wildlife" in particular absorb the listener into a breathing musical world. The disc isn't a full conversion from smooth jazz; Marc Russo's sax is still as sweet as ever, but on a track like "Open Road" the effect is icing on a spice cake. Haslip provides some noisy patterns that suggest he was striving for more substance; in fact, he and Ferrante seem to duke it out for control of "Postcards," while everyone throws their own wrench into "Room With a View." Four Corners is the product of four separate musicians striving to cultivate their own voice, a journey that discovers some interesting music along the way. That the Yellowjackets wanted to explore beyond the fringes of smooth jazz boded well for the band's future.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/25/1997
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 076732599426
  • Catalog Number: 5994

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Out of Town (5:02)
  2. 2 Wildlife (6:03)
  3. 3 Sightseeing (5:52)
  4. 4 Open Road (3:37)
  5. 5 Mile High (4:12)
  6. 6 Past Ports (5:29)
  7. 7 Postcards (5:28)
  8. 8 Room with a View (4:28)
  9. 9 Geneva (2:24)
  10. 10 Indigo (5:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Yellowjackets Primary Artist
Brenda Russell Vocals
Bill Gable Percussion, Cello, Vocals
Jimmy Haslip Bass, Vocals, Fretless Bass Guitar, 5-string Bass
Alex Acuña Percussion, Vocals
Diana Acuna Vocals
Gary Barlough Synthesizer
Russell Ferrante Synthesizer, Piano
William Kennedy Percussion, Drums
Marc Russo Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Technical Credits
Paul McCartney Composer
Yellowjackets Producer
Gary Barlough Synclavier Programming
David Hentschel Producer, Engineer
Linda McCartney Composer
Kathleen Covert Art Direction
Lou Beach Illustrations
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    once you experience Yellowjackets, you will not want to listen to anything else.

    this release is one of THE most refeshing pieces of work that have passed through my head in 38 years. simple, yet sophisticated.

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