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Live Wires
Live Wires
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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All Artists: Yellowjackets
Title: Live Wires
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Grp Records
Release Date: 3/17/1992
Album Type: Live
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Jazz Fusion, Modern Postbebop, Smooth Jazz, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 011105966726, 0011105966726, 011105966740

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Who says this isn't "real" jazz?
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Roberts and God knows who all else, that's who. Look, if you take the purist schtick the whole nine yards, only Dixieland is true jazz. Which makes most of Marsalis' and Roberts' own material heresy of a sort. Back in the late '70s, rock'n'roll went through the same sort of lame-assed febrile episode ramrodded by the punk movement, and as such, it's only recently beginning to recover from a rather ugly sort of fascism that all but destroyed its entertainment value. Despite the putdown labels "smooth jazz" and "jazz lite" for groups like the Yellowjackets, this band delivers eminently listenable material, and this is a good place to start. Songs like the bouncy woodwind synth/ digital piano-driven "Bright Lights", which proves during the jam section that a bass part that does a staggered downbeat on the same note can still keep ya movin' (bassist Jimmy Haslip doesn't have to drown you in notes to show he's one of the best in the business). Or "The Dream", with Michael Franks on guest vocals (he took their instrumental "Local Hero" and put words to it). Or the African-influenced "Wild Life", which was the very first 'Jackets number I ever heard--it had me thinking they were a World Music outfit. Or the gospel number "Revelation", which is just as hand-clappin' and foot-stompin' as a gospel song should be. This bunch has a versatility not usually found in a group with only 4 pieces--and to think they started out as a session band for a Robben Ford album! Don't be put off by the jazz snobs and avoid this band--I ignored the rock'n'roll snobs 20 years ago and ended up with a record collection that's insurance against boredom Met Life couldn't hope to underwrite."
It's Live!!
Bruno | Niteroi, RJ Brazil | 05/08/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I wish I could have been at the Roxy L.A. in november 1991. This is one of the best (if not THE best) Yellowjackets album. The performance is really touching and thrilling plus, better yet, it's live. I can listen to it over and over again it never gets boring. By the way, to the saxophone players, Bob Mintzer was very inspired at this concert. A+++ Title."
Ultimate 'Jackets.....
B. K. Parker | Cape Town | 12/14/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This album is an excellent summary of the Yellowjackets earlier years. The only thing missing was the Blues/fusion guitar of Robin Ford. Nevertheless, the live renditions of past classics is nothing short of breath-taking, with Bob Mintzer passionately leading the way on all-time favourites Geraldine, Wildlife and Freedomland. Indeed the true potential of the former two tracks was realized on "Live Wires", with Mintzer transforming them beyond recognition when compared to the sterile studio recorded versions of "The Spin" and "Four Corners".
This album moved me to the point that I proceeded to acquire every one of the group's previous and subsequent releases after many years of listening to their debut CD "Yellowjackets", which I still believe to be one of their best.

Definitely a CD to add to any respectable Jazz/fusion collection...