New Russell Ferrante Trio album, Jan. 8!

The first solo CD from The Russell Ferrante Trio, Inflexion, is being released on January 8, and signed copies are available for purchase from Russ’ Teeth Music online store here on his official site. This new recording features Steve Schaeffer (drums) and Michael Valerio (bass) with a selection of original tunes, standards, and a couple of familiar tunes you may recognize from Yellowjackets. !

 Inflexion or inflection comes from the Latin root inflexionem meaning to bend in, to change direction. This music is indeed very personal and intimate and one could say it bends in. Featuring the beautiful interplay between:

Russell Ferrante (piano), 
Michael Valerio (bass)
Steve Schaeffer (drums).

Recorded, Mixed, Co-Producer: Aaron Walk at Agave Studios
Mastered: Rich Breen at Dogmatic Sound
Cover Art, and Graphic Design: Tim Biskup

Blue Canoe Records   BC1456
Release Date January 8, 2021

Jackets XL

Celebrating 40 years, Yellowjackets release their new recording Jackets XL today. Recorded with the WDR Big Band, the recording features founding member Russell Ferrante (keys), long-time members Will Kennedy (drums) and Bob Mintzer (sax/EWI), and the newest member Dane Alderson (bass). Rearrangements of familiar tunes from the Yellowjackets catalog, plus two new tunes (“One Day” and “Tokyo Tale”) round out the package.

First Yellowjackets appearance at Montreux, 1981

Historic footage! This is a rare video of Yellowjackets at the 1981 Montreux Jazz Festival. The performances from this were released on the “Casino Lights” albums back in the early 80s. Personnel include Russell Ferrante on keyboards, Jimmy Haslip on bass, the late, great Ricky Lawson on drums, and the legendary Robben Ford on guitar. This was videotaped from a European television broadcast in 1981, so quality is early VHS at best. Both parts are included here.  (From our official Yellowjackets YouTube channel.)



Russ to appear as guest DJ on Sirius/XM

JAM Celebrity DJ Show: Russell Ferrante of The Yellowjackets
Channel: Watercolors, SiriusXM 66
Air dates and times:
Thursday April 11, 2012 @ 12p -2p ET
Saturday April 13, 2012 @ 10a-12p ET
Monday April 15, 2012 @ 6p-8p ET

Watercolors celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month all April long with an amazing lineup of contemporary jazz talent! Today, Watercolors welcomes keyboardist and founding member of the Yellowjackets, Russell Ferrante as your celebrity DJ. We turn the mic over to Russell, sharing songs and stories about making of the upcoming Yellowjackets album A Rise In The Road and what jazz means to him.