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Russ Ferrante: Revelation

We start the week with a song from my childhood. My uncle is the pianist in a longstanding jazz fusion band called the Yellowjackets. The band formed in 1977 around the popular jazz guitarist, Robben Ford. In 1991, they collaborated with the the acapella group Take 6 to record the song “Revelation.” The tune was written by my uncle, Russ Ferrante, and has a gospel feel and traditional harmonic structure that is atypical for the Yellowjackets. Russ drew inspiration for this song from his childhood, as he was raised in a family that was highly involved in gospel choral music. Russ collaborated with lyricist Lorraine Perry to create what is now one of the band’s most iconic numbers. It remains one of my favorite jams to this day!

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