Grammy Award winning quartet Yellowjackets release Jackets XL, their 25th album where the time-honored jazz ensemble joins forces with the WDR Big Band to create a dynamic new sound. The tight smooth jazz ensemble has explored electro-acoustic soundscapes in its nearly four-decade history. Since the band’s eponymous 1981 debut album, Yellowjackets has consistently forged ahead with innovative and challenging artistic statements. For Jackets XL, the band heads into new galaxies where they stretch and reinvent their selves with an exciting, full-bodied collaboration with the superb WDR Big Band of Cologne, Germany. The project combines the shapeshifting quartet with the renowned big band, re-imagining well-known band originals with dynamic new arrangements that feature twists and turns, textures and colors, moving harmonies and bold solos. With its pockets of halcyon, buoyance, mystery, tumult, groove and whimsy, Jackets XL plays out as a multifaceted documentation of how far the band has come.
Released November 6, 2020.
CD and Digital Download, Also available on Streamings Services.