Jing Chi: Jimmy Haslip (bass guitar); Robben Ford, Vinnie Colaiuta.
Personnel: Robben Ford (vocals, guitar); Marc Russo (alto saxophone); Otmaro Ru¡z (keyboards); Vinnie Colaiuta (drums).
Additional personnel: Marc Russo, Otmaro Ru¡z.
Audio Mixer: Rich Breen .
Recording information: Yoshi's, Jack London Square, Oakland, CA (12/12/2002-12/14/2002).
Photographers: William Hames; Steve Jennings.
Jing Chi is what this co-op group is called rather than being a particular musician's name. Guitarist Robben Ford and bassist Jimmy Haslip, who were two of the original members of the Yellowjackets, have a reunion on this set. Part of a core group with drummer Vinnie Colaiuta that is sometimes augmented by keyboardist Otmaro Ruiz, the trio/quartet mostly performs rock-oriented fusion on this live date. Although Ford has gained a strong reputation playing blues, the only extended blues is "Blues MD," which has a guest appearance from former Yellowjacket altoist Marc Russo. Overall, the musicians play well (with Ford taking two vocals), but the individual selections are not all that memorable and the music is much more rockish than expected, making this set of primary interest for fans of the fusion side of Robben Ford. ~ Scott Yanow