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Mint Jam

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Les is Mo
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Boomtown
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Motet
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Mofongo
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Blues for KJ
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Runferyerlife
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Song for Carla
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Tortoise and the Hare
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Mosaic
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New Jig
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Statue of Liberty
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Evening News
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Album Information
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Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 83:37

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live, and no jive!

TokyoSteve

This CD has great tunes, fresh-sounding and exciting solos, and the applause and hand-clapping doesn't distract a bit. Go for it!

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Great but...

Jazz Junky

I am the first to admit that I love to hear live performences. Something about the energy, and atmosphere surrounding a live performence, that you just don't get in a studio release, unless it is performed live without any polising or over dubs. That being said, one of the problems with live recordings made on this side of the world is the idiots in the audience that just don't understand. They whistle, and aplause during the performence. A live performence made over in Europe, Japan, Korea ect is supurb, as you don't hear a peep out of the crowd untill the last note had faded away. Then and only then do you know it was live. That can't be said for this one, but other than that it is a fantastic record. Loved every track.

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Timeless...

LeCujo

I've been listening to the Yellowjackets since the mid-80s and I agree; they are the very best. Matter-of-fact, Joe Sample and the Yellowjackets sealed my fate to forever love any and everything they release. I've listened to many artists who are decent in their own right. They keep it trendy - but YJ and JS keep it "real"...

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Would Have Been Great

meglioc1

This album would have been great if it were not a live performance. The eMusic samples that I listened to gave no hint that this was a live performance, but it nevertheless is. All of the clapping, cheering, and the like distract the listener from the potential greatness of the performance. If this album were recorded in a studio, I would have given it four stars. But since it was not, it deserves only two.

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A find

minefield

THIS is some killer stuff by excellent musicians. I knew about YJ from Robben Ford, one of the best guitarist you've never heard of, who went on with his own solo career after playing with YJ and Miles Davis as well as others. These guys are very, very good. Excellent arrangements and excellent musicians. I don't know the drummers name, but one of the best I've ever heard, topping the Dave Mathews guy.

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Best of Yellowjackets

oMeGa

I have "The Best of Yellowjackets" album (Warner Brothers Records, Inc.) and I disagree with the title. Mint Jam is better :) Yellowjackets have been and always will be the best jazz group.

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A Jewel

MisterP

When did this slip through? Nicely done, nicely played, with verve. One of their best albums and it sure beats what happened in the 1990s to the Yellowjackets. Try Les is Mo and see what I mean.

They Say All Music Guide

This set differs from most of the Yellowjackets’ previous recordings in several ways: It is a two-CD set, it has not been released by a major record company but instead has been put out by the group’s own private label, and the music overall emphasizes straight-ahead jazz and dynamic solos. In fact, it contains some of the best solos on record by tenor saxophonist Bob Mintzer and keyboardist Russell Ferrante. With electric bassist Jimmy Haslip inspiring the lead voices and taking occasional solos, while the band’s newest member, drummer Marcus Baylor, keeps the ensembles stimulating, the group performs a dozen songs, all of which are originals by Ferrante (who emphasizes his own acoustic piano playing), Haslip, and/or Mintzer. Whether it be the catchy “Boomtown,” “Blues for KJ,” “Song for Carla,” or “Statue of Liberty,” the Yellowjackets show that they are one of the most vital groups in contemporary jazz, even after 20 years. The high-quality improvisations, the appealing group sound, and the diverse but consistently satisfying originals make this one of the Yellowjackets’ strongest releases. – Scott Yanow

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