320 - 420

  • 爵士
  • 03月01日 19:30-21:00
  • 北京 Blue Note Beijing





入场时间/Door Time:6:00 PM

演出时间/Show Time:7:30PM

地址/Add:前门东大街23号 Blue Note Beijing



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Russell Ferrante - piano & keyboards

Bob Mintzer - sax & EWI

William Kennedy - drums

Dane Alderson - bass


任何一名爵士爱好者都对Yellowjackets的名字不陌生。这支成立于1977年的融合爵士乐队,最早由吉他手Robben Ford发起,随后加入的有键盘手Russell Ferrante、贝斯手Jimmy Haslip以及鼓手Ricky Lawson。乐队在过去几十年的发展中经历了多次成员变更。80年代Yellowjackets的出现,代表着美国西岸一群录音室乐手的新声音时代的来临。该乐队早在GRP时期就确立了自己无法替代的音乐风格,作品主要集中展现合成器缤纷丰富的电子音色,配以R&B、Soul Jazz、Rock等极富弹性、舒适饱满的节奏,迷乱、离奇中不乏流畅和清新。可以说,Yellowjackets精妙、富有新意的编配,变幻无穷的音响色彩和气氛的营造,不仅迷倒了成千上万的乐迷,更为当时的录音制作和伴奏带来了崭新的理念。


90年代后,乐队吸收了一位萨克管猛将Bob Mintzer,他的加盟使得Yellowjackets的音乐更具真正意义的即兴色彩,他便作为这支跨界四重奏的领队,持续打破传统,尽可能地将更多的风格融入到乐队的音乐当中,也使得原本以电声唱主角的乐队声音更趋丰满,更富有感情。事实上,Yellowjackets不仅自身获得过多个格莱美奖及其提名,每个乐手更是独当一面,他们都曾经应数不清的大牌艺人邀请担任伴奏、制作唱片,可说个个技艺非凡。 至今,Yellowjackets已发行多达24张专辑——作为一支名副其实的融合爵士乐老牌乐队,他们曾多次获得格莱美奖项及提名,并经常在世界各大爵士音乐节及俱乐部中亮相。


现在的Yellowjackets乐队由钢琴手Russell Ferrante、萨克斯手Bob Mintzer、贝斯手Dane Alderson以及鼓手William Kennedy组成。《Raising Our Voice》是他们在Mack Avenue厂牌下发行的第3张专辑——在这张专辑中,他们也得到了格莱美获奖巴西女歌手Luciana Souza的加盟——这在乐队原有的四重奏基础上,为音乐整体增添了更多的可能性。流畅的演奏、变化丰富的和声、精致的录音…如果你是一名爱好融合爵士乐的忠实粉丝,这张专辑一定不会令你失望。




Raising Our Voice

Mack Avenue Records


While the Los Angeles-based Yellowjackets have been a creative force on the jazz scene since 1981 when they recorded their eponymous debut, their third Mack Avenue Records album, Raising Our Voice, once again ups the ante with bold new strides by inviting vocalist extraordinaire Luciana Souza to collaborate with the group for six of its thirteen tunes as well as subtly taking a resistant stand again the status quo of the cultural and political undercurrent of our times.


The Yellowjackets have consistently forged ahead in their evolving artistic statements. The band has recorded close to 30 albums, been nominated for 17 Grammys and has adventurously amplified the eclectic, electro-acoustic soundscape, creating a unique jazz sound since its fusion beginnings.


 “The band keeps moving forward,” says saxophonist Bob Mintzer who joined the group in 1990. “It’s one of the few partnership bands in the last four decades. It’s democratic, laissez-faire and accommodating to everyone in the band to contribute. We’re constantly reinventing ourselves as a reflection of what’s happening in the world.”


The Jackets are comprised of pianist/keyboardist/cofounder Russ Ferrante, bassist Dane Alderson in his second recording with the group and drummer Will Kennedy, who joined the band in 1987 and then in 2000 took a 10-year hiatus before returning to the drum chair. As a relative outsider, Souza contributes wordless vocals as well songs sung in Portuguese and English. She was quickly won over by the band.


“They’re killers,” she says. “They’re so serious yet also so much fun. We laughed a lot during the sessions. Their curiosity is alive, and their joy is to make great music. I was originally going to just do three songs, but it ended up that I’m on almost half the record.”


The collection features three old Yellowjackets tunes arranged for a fresh ride with Souza’s contributions, two co-writes with Ferrante and Souza, three new originals each for Ferrante and Mintzer, and Alderson’s first original piece for the band along with two short electronics interludes.


Unlike the last album, 2015’s Cohearence, where the music was toured before the studio recordings, Raising Our Voice grew organically from the collaborative nature of the sessions. “There was a gap between the last album and this one,” says Ferrante. “We hadn’t been playing a lot live, so most of these tunes came alive in the studio and was sparked by the electricity and chemistry with Luciana.”


Kennedy adds, “This is the album where we were the least prepared for the writing and rehearsals. It was a bit of a cram. But that gave it an excitement. And then Luciana, who came in at the last moment, was a great discovery for bringing her talents as a gift to the band.”


The Ferrante and Souza collaboration began years earlier when talking about working together, but “other things got in the way,” she says. “Then as they were thinking of the next album, Russ came to the house and we went into my studio and we talked. He played some music and I sang along, and it was very sweet and tender and unguarded.”


“We looked through some music that had a Brazilian feel to it,” Ferrante says. “We chose songs that lyrically fit her musicality.”


Raising Our Voice leads off with the vibrant reworking of the grooved “Man Facing North” (originally recorded on the Jackets’ 1993 album Like a River). Ferrante on piano and Mintzer on tenor sax take swinging breaks while Souza follows Alderson’s bass lines and sings counterpoint to the tenor with sweet, lilting wordless vocals that lift the song with storytelling.


Other Souza conversation-like contributions include the gorgeous ballad “Quiet” (she wrote the first half with Portuguese and English lyrics and Ferrante wrote the second half),the reworking of the Brazilian-tinged “Timeline” (a Ferrante composition from the Jackets’ 2011 album of the same name with Souza taking the lead with wordless vocals and conversing with Mintzer) and another reorchestrated band number, “Solitude” from Like a River, written by Ferrante, with new Portuguese lyrics by the singer who playfully engages in a fetching call-and-response with both Alderson and Mintzer.


Souza also spices Mintzer’s deep-grooved “Ecuador” (his tenor saxophone takes the tasty role of a rhythmic instrument) and sings on Ferrante’s mysterious “In Search Of” which he attributes as inspiration from a quote by Thomas Merton: “There is no one so wrong as the one who knows all the answers.”


Ferrante also contributes the moving, introspective tune “Mutuality,” based on the Martin Luther King Jr. speech, “Network of Mutuality.” The harmony goes through every key (minor and major). “This is a good example of making a statement but on a subtle side,” he says. “It really connects to the title of the album, which has a political slant. It’s about waking up to see what’s going on. A lot of musicians get in their own bubbles of charts and harmony, but don’t connect to the world we live in. We need to be less preoccupied and see the urgency of making music as a resistance.”


Mintzer’s other two new songs are the upbeat “Strange Times” and the unusual Yellowjackets tune, “Swinging With It,” a pure swinger complete with walking bass lines. “Straight-ahead music is a big part of my legacy,” he says.


A key component to Raising Our Voice is the band’s stellar rhythm section of Kennedy and Alderson. “We’re responsible for hearing things musically that the older guys are not exposed to,” says Kennedy. “That’s what adds a fresh energy to our rhythm section. We’re bringing in the youthful information.”


“They gave me the freedom to explore,” says native of Perth, West Australia native who now lives in Virginia. “I’m a huge fan of the RC-300 Loop Station by Boss combined with the Roland VB99 midi unit, which I used on the two short pieces, ‘Emerge’ and ‘Divert.’”


Alderson’s first full composition for the Jackets is the upbeat “Brotherly,” which buoys with his tumbling bass lines. “It was just a bag of ideas at first,” he says. “But then I corresponded with Will and we talked about grooves. We’re both big fans of this UK band Brotherly, so we were influenced by it when we put this tune together.”


“It’s a different and unusual snapshot of where the Yellowjackets are today,” says Kennedy. “We’re getting older, but we’re still inspired and listening.”


Mintzer sees a bright future for the Yellowjackets. “What attracts me about the group is how stylistically broad we are,” he says. “There are no barriers. We’re free to try new things without making the music overly complex. I always say this is the band you always wanted to be in. We’ll see where we go next.”