Neyetro | Atlanta, GA (Austell) | 06/21/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Run For Your Life is in my view the Yellowjackets hardest push towards "true fusion" and even post bop structures. The musicianship on this album appears to be more serious in a jazz-sense than on past albums. The gents even get a little bluesy on the cut "Even Song" which features group founder and ex-bandmate Robben Ford on guitar. (This song probably is a taste of what the 'Jackets would truly be if he was still in the group.) "City of Lights" and the title cut "Runferyourlife" are absolutely scintillating and a delight to listen to. I've owned this CD for nearly ten years and it continues to enter my deck. Each time I play it for someone, they ask who is that?! Overall, I rank this at the top of their recordings behind Four Corners and Dreamland."
A Living Music
D. Peterson | Orem, Utah United States | 09/30/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The hardest thing to get around when starting to listen to the Yellowjackets is their label as "crossover." While this isn't entirely false, it is very misleading. In truth, the Yellowjackets are among the most responsive groups around, with a sound that is both versatile and wonderfully distinctive. This album is perhaps their strongest from a purist's point of view. On tracks like "Jacket Town," the group gets pretty soulful. Yet on "Muhammed" and "City of Lights," they play such adventurous material that the name "smooth jazz" couldn't possibly work. Even at their most pleasant, the Yellowjackets play with a surprising intelligence, Ferrante's gorgeous harmonies and Mintzer's excellent reed work complemented by Haslip's very individual bass playing and Kennedy's perfectly timed drumming. Things never seem manufactured though. On "Muhammed" Bob Mintzer wails away (on tenor) in a style reminiscent of late-period 'Trane and Ferrante pounds it out in an early Chick Corea vein. The Yellowjackets deserve attention from those with a serious interest in improvised music. This album should give evidence to that point."