Greenhouse (1991) P-Funk bassist Bootsy Collins said: "Free your ass and your mind will follow." And, with funky, danceable rhythms propelling their jazz, the Yellowjackets in effect… Yellowjackets Jazz
Music Review

Greenhouse (1991)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Lead Performance: Yellowjackets; Genre: Jazz

P-Funk bassist Bootsy Collins said: ''Free your ass and your mind will follow.'' And, with funky, danceable rhythms propelling their jazz, the Yellowjackets in effect said: ''Amen to that!'' Unfortunately, once their minds got free, their behinds stopped moving, on their latest album Greenhouse. Still, they're possibly the most important band in jazz-rock fusion, and they continue to amaze their devotees. The first track, ''Freedomland,'' opens with a shimmering cascade of percussion and harmonies at once lush, dense, and pungent. The next cut follows with the almost humid sound of a full orchestra. Song titles like ''Peace'' and ''Spirits'' suggest a sleepy-eyed New Age idealism, but nothing like that is reflected in the alert and vibrant complexity of the group's music, spiked with Latin rhythms and percussive accents. The Yellowjackets might not be as funky as they once were, but this is still a very listenable album. B+

Originally posted Apr 26, 1991 Published in issue #63 Apr 26, 1991 Order article reprints