Showing posts with label Yellowjackets. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Yellowjackets. Show all posts

Friday, November 20, 2020

TriCycle by Flim and the BB's


 So that's where that came from! I always enjoyed the piece TriCycle by Flim and the BB's.  Learning the name, what CD it came from,  and who composed  it was too much trouble. Now I know! I love this modern jazz CD. The tunes are all instrumental, but happy and catchy.  I've been humming them as I go about my day.

TriCycle, the first tune on the list and the albums namesake, is my favorite. I can close my eyes and imagine a three-or-four-year-old peddling around the basement, stopping and starting as the music does. The only thing missing is the sound of a bell or horn. 

Next on the list is Cakewalk.  I'm not sure what a cakewalk is, but the music holds my attention. Lunch Hour Wedding is a very happy piece which moves you along from beginning to end, followed by Sweet Winds of change - even more happy music.  Thunder and Birdies, and Tell Me follow with clear, easy to follow beats. And High Wire! Oh my I like this one.  One can imagine a dare devil working the wire at a carnival or circus. Oh watch your step! The 8:29, Sam's Samba, and Eden complete the list.

 As I mentioned earlier, I really enjoyed this CD.  You can listen to it here on Youtube. Flim and the BB's formed in the 1980s. The band included bassist Jimmy "Flim" Johnson, keyboard artist Billy Barber, percussionist Billy Berg  (the BB's), and reeds player Dick Oatts.

TriCycle  made its appearance in 1982 at the beginning of the compact disc craze, and the BB's  were sought after by people first recording digital. Band members were happy to oblige, but not able to quit their day jobs. Read a little more about the BB's on Wikopedia here.

Listen to some of ye YouTube recordings.  I'm sure you will enjoy Flim & the BB's.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Yellowjackets Samurai Samba


Oh! So that's where those tunes originated from.

 Yellowjackets Samurai Samba was frequently heard from Jim's office. I admit I enjoyed the jazz music, but I never put a name to it. Now I have the name forever - Yellowjackets!




The 1985 album was produced by Tommy LiPuma and Yellowjackets, with: 

  • Russell Ferrante, keyboards
  • Jimmy Haslip, bass
  • Ricky Lawson, drums/electric drums
  • Marc Russo, alto sax
  • Also, in later editions:
  • Carlos Rios, guitar
  • Michael Landau, guitar
  • Paulinho Da Costa, percussion
  • Bobby Caldwell, Marilyn Scott, Paulinho Da Costa and Carl Caldwell, vocals
  • Bobby Caldwell, lead vocal on “Lonely Weekend”
  • Paulo da Costa Jr., vocals on “Los Mambos”
Tracks include:
  • Homecoming (Ferrante)
  • Deat Beat (Ferrante/Haslip/Lawson/Russo) 
  • Daddy’s Gonna Miss You (Ferrante/Haslip/Lawson/Russo) 
  • Sylvania (Ferrante/Haslip/Lawson) 
  • Silverlake (Ferrante)  
  • Lonely Weekend (Ferrante/Curiale/Lawson/Caldwell) 
  • Los Mambos (Ferrante/Russo/da Costa)  
  • Samurai Samba (Ferrante) 

The jazz fusion band steps back to 1977 when guitarist Robben Ford was recording his first album.  He recruited to join him keyboardist Russell Ferrante, base guitarist Jimmy Haslip and drummer Ricky Lawson. The name Yellowjackets was selected by producer Tommy LiPuma from a list of suggestions from band members.

Band membership has changed over the years. Current members include Russell Ferrante, Bob Mintzer, William Kennedy and Dane Alderson. But the band remains true to its rasping saxaphone, deep bass, rythmic drums, and melodic keyboard sounds. Yellowjackets remains a popular jazz fusion band pleasing old and current generations of fans. Soloist Luciana Souza has added her own special flair.

The band has recorded close to 30 albums,been nominate for numerous awards, and evolved into its own jazz sound.  Check out the band's itinerary for a concert or workshop you don't want to miss.

Listen  to Yellowjackets Samurai Samba and more at its website, or take home some of its music from the amazon Buzz Store.