To celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Yellowjackets, the group decided to make its latest album, Parallel Motion (Mack Avenue), an all-hands-on-deck affair. The 55-minute recital comprises three compositions apiece by pianist (and group co-founder) Russell Ferrante and saxophonist-arranger Bob Mintzer, a member since 1990; two by bassist Dane Alderson, who joined in 2015; and one by Will Kennedy, who rejoined the Yellowjackets in 2010 after holding the drum chair from 1987 to 1999.
In keeping with the collective concept, the group requested to be Blindfold with all four members. The Zoom encounter took place in June on the final day of a coast-to-coast U.S. Ensconced in their respective hotel rooms in Indianapolis, Indiana, Alderson, Anderson, Ferrante and Mintzer listened and responded to repertoire selected primarily to represent other units of long standing, but also — hopefully — to take account of the experiences of all four protagonists. This is Part I of a two part Blindfold Test!