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In May 2008, `Yellowjackets` released their 20th album, entitled ` Lifecycle`,again in the studio `HeadsUp International`. Recorded `Lifecycle` participated guitarist Mike Stern (Mike Stern), who has recorded with the band 15 years ago. In 2009, the album was nominated for ` ` Gremmi` in the category Best Album of Contemporary dzhaza`.
Musical band called `The Robben Ford Group` appeared in 1977 ,in the heyday of jazz fusion in the set of commands to perfection virtuoso performance technique and hone the art of improvisation. Initially `The Robben Ford Group` consisted of guitarist Robben Ford (Robben Ford), pianist Russell Ferrante (Russell Ferrante), bassguitarist Jimmy Haslip (Jimmy Haslip) and Ricky Lawson (Ricky Lawson), drummer and composer, winner of the prestigious music award ` Gremmi` (Grammy Award).
Initially, Ford just gathered a group of session musicians to record their studio solo album `Inside Story`, which was released in 1979 on the label ` Elektra Records`, but the three musiciansAmong which were Russell Ferrante, Jimmy Haslip and Ricky Lawson, played well together - they said it was a real ` himiya` - and went on to play a team soon formed a group called ` Yellowjackets`. Ford at the time signed a separate contract - `Inside Story` was instrumental album, and his record label wantedto guitarist recorded an album close to pop music with vocals. Meanwhile, `Yellowjackets` would play instrumental music, so for the time Ford was replaced by saxophonist Marc Russo (Marc Russo), and returned to his musicians later. He participated in the recording demo songs, which, in the end,liked recording studio `Warner Brothers`. Although eventually contribute Robben Ford in the creative quartet will decrease, and eventually it will become, rather, a guest musician than a constant participant, it will not prevent `Yellowjackets` become a very popular jazz team.
In 1986, Ricky Lawson left the band ,to take a tour with Lionel Richie (Lionel Richie), and did not return. He has worked with artists such as Michael Jackson (Michael Jackson), Eric Clapton (Eric Clapton), Phil Collins (Phil Collins), Whitney Houston (Whitney Houston) and Stevie Wonder (Stevie Wonder), and with the beginning of the 2000s began to recording solo projects. If in 1981, when Ford still closely involved in the life of the group, `Yellowjackets`, mainly focused on the rhythm-and - blues, then after he was replaced by a viola player and saxophonist Marc Rousseau, the team took a giant step forward. Of the original structure remained Russell Ferrante on keyboards and Jimmy Haslip on bass guitar ,they were joined by drummer William Kennedy (William Kennedy). In this part of the quartet found his original, very melodic sound. In 1986, the team signed a new contract with the label `MCA / GRP`, where they released a number of albums that have become popular with the public and well received by critics. Two of their compositions were in the original soundtrack of the movie ` Star Trek IV. domoy` Journey (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home).
In the 90 Rousseau decided to go his own way, he often played with `The Doobie Brothers`, and was replaced by Bob Mintzer (Bob Mintzer), clarinetist, saxophonist, composer and talented arranger,which added to the music `Yellowjackets` more a distinct jazz sound. In 1995, the team returned to the studio `Warner Brothers` and recorded several albums, while in 2002, the label is not passed to ` Heads Up`, to release a double CD `Mint Jam`. The following year, they released their first 5 years studio album `Time Squared`,and three years later, the group celebrated its 25th anniversary of the release of a live album `Twenty Five`.
In May 2008, `Yellowjackets` released their 20th album, entitled ` Lifecycle`, back in the studio `HeadsUp International`. Recorded `Lifecycle` participated guitarist Mike Stern (Mike Stern),who has recorded with the band 15 years ago. In 2009, the album was nominated for ` ` Gremmi` in the category Best Album of Contemporary dzhaza`. Russell Ferrante also claimed the award in the category ` Best Instrumental kompozitor` for the song `Claire`s Closet`.