Grammy Award-winning jazz fusion band Yellowjackets have entered their fifth decade as a group and announced the release of their latest album, Parallel Motion.
It’s the long-running quartet’s sixth release with Mack Avenue Records and their 27th record overall.
The current core quartet of Yellowjackets features members who have played in various points of the group’s history. This includes founding pianist/keyboardist Russell Ferrante; drummer Will Kennedy, who played with the band from 1987 to 1999 and returned in 2010; saxophonist Bob Mintzer, who joined in 1990; and electric bassist Dane Alderson, who joined the group seven years ago. Parallel Motion also features vocal contributions from Jean Baylor on the track If You Believe.
“The last two projects were collaborations,” Ferrante said, referring to 2018’s Raising Our Voice with Brazilian vocalist Luciana Souza, and 2020’s Jackets XL featuring the WDR Big Band from Germany. “We wanted to do a project focusing on the quartet. In terms of the material, we wanted to broaden the contributions from everyone. Dane is represented by several tunes. Will is in the mix. Everybody’s involved in every aspect.”
Listen to lead single Intrigue below.