1986 Yellowjackets – Shades

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. 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.


1  And You Know That (Ricky Lawson; Russell Ferrante) 5:35
2  New Shoes (Marc Russo; Russell Ferrante) 5:17
3  One Family (Russell Ferrante) 5:39
4  Revelation (Lori Perry; Russell Ferrante) 5:12
5  Oasis (Russell Ferrante) 5:27
6  Regular Folks (Russell Ferrante) 5:02
7  Black Tie (Russell Ferrante) 5:45
8  Sonja’s Sanfona (Bill Gable; Jimmy Haslip) 6:27
9  Shades (Donald Fagen) 5:15
10  Wildcats & Cougars (Robben Ford, Jimmy Haslip, Russell Ferrante) 5:34



BassJimmy Haslip
DrumsRicky Lawson
KeyboardsRussell Ferrante
ProgrammingRory Kaplan
SaxMarc Russo
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
PercussionRicky Lawson

Other Musicians

4 Revelation


8 Sonja’s Sanfona

AccordionBruce Hornsby
ProgrammingBill Gable

Liner Notes

Producer – Yellowjackets
Engineer (Assistant) – Duncan Aldrich, Gerry E Brown, Larry Mah, Michael C Ross
Engineer (Basic Tracks), Mixed By – Erik Zobler
Engineer (Overdubs), Other (Mix Consultant) – Gary Wagner
Mastered By – Brian Gardner

Artwork By (Art Direction) – Jeff Lancaster
Photography – Dennis Keeley

Recorded at Bill Schnee an Mad Hatter Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Mixed at Soundcastle and Mama Jo’s, Los Angeles, CA
Mastered at Bernie Grundman Mastering, Los Angeles, CA