The album Altered State by Yellowjackets on Hybrid
CD/SACD Audio in Stereo and 5-Channel Surround. The Stereo Hybrid
SACD program can be played on any standard compact disc player.
The DSD Surround and Stereo programs require an SACD player for
playback. All original DSD Recordings in Surround and Stereo.
A key to the longevity of The Yellowjackets can be
seen in the writing credits on their latest release. Truly a
collective enterprise, all four members write in styles which
play to the strengths of their compatriots. Bassist Jimmy
Haslip's "Youth Eternal" chugs along over his funky foundation,
but Bob Mintzer's tenor lines complete the picture. Mintzer's own
"March Majestic" is built on Russell Ferrante's gospel-tinged
chording and drummer Marcus Baylor's tight snare rolls. Warmly
produced, the subtleties are captured with vivid presence. The
disc flows with a cohesiveness, but is built around drama and
contrast as well. Guest vocalist Jean Baylor appears on "The
Hope," backed by four additional singers, and this one vocal
number fits in perfectly. Not forced into the set, it finds the
quartet supporting a foreground lyric with grace and invention.