Lifecycle (2008)


Heads Up Int’l
CD: HUCD 3139
SACD: HUSA 9139 (2.0 and 5.1ch)
Year Released: 2008

Producer(s): Yellowjackets


Russell Ferrante, keyboards
Jimmy Haslip, bass
Bob Mintzer, woodwinds
Marcus Baylor, drums

Featuring — Mike Stern, guitar


  1. Falken’s Maze
  2. Country Living 
  3. Double Nickel 
  4. Dreams Go 
  5. Measure of a Man 
  6. Yahoo 
  7. I Wonder 
  8. 3 Circles 
  9. Claire’s Closet 
  10. Lazaro 

According to some basic, undeniable laws of nature, when two powerful forces collide, something explosive will occur, and a dramatic transformation is likely to take place as a result. It’s a law that applies to every dynamic in the known universe, including jazz.

It stands to reason, then, that when a formidable jazz quartet like the Yellowjackets convenes in the studio with a high-energy guitar virtuoso like Mike Stern, the resulting reaction will be a singular event – one that’s likely to create something entirely new on the jazz landscape. The new collaborative recording by the Jackets and Stern, and the first Yellowjackets recording in 15 years to feature a guitar player, Lifecycle illustrates the kind of energy and creative brilliance that results when five talented players pool their individual talents as songwriters and musicians and merge into an entity that’s far greater than the sum of its parts.

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