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PREMIERE: Yellowjackets’ “Even Song” From Forthcoming Album Jackets XL

Jazzed Magazine • News • October 15, 2020

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GRAMMY® Award-winning group Yellowjackets’ upcoming Jackets XL celebrates their 40th anniversary of collaboration while joining forces with Germany’s iconic WDR Big Band and re-imagining some of the quartet’s classic tunes.

The newest Yellowjackets single, “Even Song,” was originally recorded for 1993’s Run for Your Life arranged by Vince Mendoza. Here the track has been reimagined and revamped in concert with the WDR Big Band. “Even Song” will be released as a single on October 16th, and will be featured on the upcoming album to be released by Mack Avenue Records on November 6th.

Jackets XL is the groups’ 25th album and fourth for Mack Avenue Records. The quartet is comprised of keyboardist Russell Ferrante, drummer Will Kennedy, electric bassist Dane Alderson and tenor saxophonist/EWI player Bob Mintzer who also acts as the WDR Big Band principal conductor.  Mintzer, a Yellowjackets veteran of 30 years and longstanding educator at USC’s acclaimed Thornton School of Music has enjoyed a 25 year association with the WDR Big Band collaborating with a wide array of artists including: Mike Manieri, Jazzmeia Horn, Knower, Dave Stryker, Kurt Elling, and Chaka Kahn.

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