Shades (Yellowjackets album)

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Studio album by Yellowjackets
Released 1986
Genre Jazz
Label GRP
Producer Yellowjackets
Yellowjackets chronology
Samurai Samba
(1985)Samurai Samba1985
Four Corners
(1987)Four Corners1987
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Shades (1986) is the fourth studio album from the jazz group Yellowjackets. The album's first track, "And You Know That" won the "Best R&B Instrumental" Grammy Award.[2] The album debuted on the Billboard Top Jazz Album chart on July 5, 1986 and would spend 32 weeks on the chart, eventually peaking at #4. It was the last to feature drummer Ricky Lawson.

The album features the original recording of the Yellowjackets' live staple "Revelation" (featuring vocal group Perri) as well as the Donald Fagen-penned title track.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "And You Know That" Ricky Lawson, Russell Ferrante 5:35
2. "New Shoes" Marc Russo, Ferrante 5:18
3. "One Family" Ferrante 5:38
4. "Revelation" Ferrante, Lorraine Perry 5:13
5. "Oasis" Ferrante 5:27
6. "Regular Folks" Ferrante 5:03
7. "Black Tie" Ferrante 5:46
8. "Sonja's Sanfona" Jimmy Haslip, Bill Gable 6:27
9. "Shades" Donald Fagen 5:15
10. "Wildcats & Cougars" Haslip, Ferrante, Robben Ford 5:34

Tracks 9,10 are CD release only



Guest Musicians:


  • Yellowjackets - producers
  • Erik Zobler - engineer (basic tracks), mixing engineer
  • Gary Wagner - engineer, overdubs
  • Brian Gardner - mastering engineer
  • Michael Ross - assistant engineer
  • Gerry Brown - assistant engineer
  • Duncan Aldridge - assistant engineer
  • Larry Mah - assistant engineer
  • Jeff Lancaster (L-Shape Ltd.) - art direction
  • Dennis Keeley - photography
  • Gerry Puhara - styling
  • Gary Borman (Kragen & Co.) - management
  • Recorded at: Bill Schnee Studios, Los Angeles, CA, USA; Mad Hatter Studios, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Mixed at: Soundcastle, Los Angeles, CA, USA; Mama Jo's, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Mastered at: Bernie Grundman Mastering, Los Angeles, CA, USA


1986 - 29th Annual GRAMMY Awards[2]

Title Category
"And You Know That" Best R&B Instrumental Performance


  1. ^ Connolly, Dave. Yellowjackets: Shades > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved December 1, 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Past Winners Search". Retrieved December 1, 2011.