Greenhouse

Greenhouse

by Yellowjackets
     
 

The Yellowjackets' first release for GRP, Greenhouse, is a real gas. The disc starts innocently enough with "Freedomland," the kind of smart smooth jazz song that marked The Spin. It's on the following "Greenhouse" that listeners glimpse a change in the air: Strings (!) set the stage for dreamy, exotic jazz that melts in your mind, music that goes well…  See more details below

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The Yellowjackets' first release for GRP, Greenhouse, is a real gas. The disc starts innocently enough with "Freedomland," the kind of smart smooth jazz song that marked The Spin. It's on the following "Greenhouse" that listeners glimpse a change in the air: Strings (!) set the stage for dreamy, exotic jazz that melts in your mind, music that goes well beyond similar experiments on earlier Yellowjackets sessions. From this point on, the band travels back in time: Russell Ferrante's piano, the understated rhythm section, and Bob Mintzer's saxophones (Marc Russo had left, though Mintzer wasn't an "official" member yet) smoke with the fire of cool jazz. There are still some electronics employed, but generally they're arranged in a subordinate role to give the acoustic sounds an added presence. It would be tempting to call Mintzer the catalyst of change -- his saxophone playing is more note-filled and squeakier than Russo's, a style that evokes traditional jazz -- but the new direction in sound is just as evident in the piano playing of Ferrante, the softened attack of William Kennedy (plenty of cymbals, quieter snare hits), and the articulated playing of Jimmy Haslip (best heard on "Indian Summer"). The fresh start allows the Yellowjackets to escape from under the cloud of smooth jazz and expose their "serious" side, all while continuing to place composition and melody over individual musicianship. Calling this the band's most mature work to date belies a natural distrust of smooth jazz, so better to say that Greenhouse is loaded with personality. Mintzer's spooky bass clarinet on "Brown Zone," the wild bop workout unleashed on "Liam/Rain Dance," and the violin jig on "Freda" are among their most memorable musical moments. The Yellowjackets haven't changed the way they approach their music, but the newfound ability to communicate in a more traditional jazz setting casts them in a whole new (and flattering) light.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/19/1991
Label:
Grp Records
UPC:
0011105963022
catalogNumber:
9630

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Performance Credits

Yellowjackets   Primary Artist
Vince Mendoza   Conductor
Bob Mintzer   Bass Clarinet,Alto Flute,Bass Flute,Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,EWI
Jim Walker   Flute
Bill Gable   Vocals
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Jimmy Haslip   Bass
Alex Acuña   Percussion
Timothy Barr   Bass
Arnold Belnick   Violin
Stuart Canin   Violin
Steve Croes   Synclavier
Brian Dembow   Viola
Arni Egilsson   Bass
Russell Ferrante   Synthesizer,Piano
Pamela Goldsmith   Viola
Clayton Haslop   Violin
William Hybel   Violin
James Kanter   Clarinet
William Kennedy   Drums
Kathleen Lenski   Violin
Dane Little   Cello
Judd Miller   EWI
Dan Neufeld   Viola
Irma Neumann   Violin
Judith Perett   Cello
Anatoly Rosinsky   Violin
Sheldon Sanov   Violin
Polly Sweeney   Violin
Dorothy Wade   Violin
Mihail Zinovyev   Viola
Bill Hybel   Violin
Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Karen Jones   Violin
David H. Speltz   Cello
Michael O'Donovan   Bassoon
Gary Gray   Clarinet
John Cooke   Cello

Technical Credits

Vince Mendoza   Arranger,Orchestral Arrangements
Yellowjackets   Producer
Jimmy Haslip   Producer
Russell Ferrante   Producer
William Kennedy   Producer
Jan Erik Kongshaug   Engineer
Sonny Mediana   Graphic Design
Judd Miller   Programming
David Gibb   Graphic Design
Dan Serrano   Graphic Design
Andy Ruggirello   Graphic Design
Scott Johnson   Graphic Design

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