Yellowjackets: Les is Mo
Les Is Mo
Mint Jam (Heads Up HUCD 3065)
Jimmy Haslip (electric bass), Marcus Baylor (drums).
Recorded: The Mint, Los Angeles, July 24-25, 2001
Rating: 88/100 (learn more)
One of contemporary jazz’s most accomplished and enduring groups goes soul-jazzy on this live track. Penned by keyboardist Russell Ferrante, the tune was inspired by soul-jazz legend Les McCann, and at first it tips its hat to McCann’s classic recording with Eddie Harris, “Compared To What,” but then the Yellowjackets take it somewhere else, turning in an exciting and spirited jam. The band is really cooking here and the audience is loving every note. You will too.
Reviewer: Lucy Tauss