Obscurity can be a badge of honor in the world of jazz, but let’s take a moment to explore why it’s kinda weird that that Yellin isn’t better known. Abandoning basketball at the University of Denver to study saxophone at Juilliard after finding inspiration in the music of Art Pepper, Yellin found work and camaraderie with a variety of jazz luminaries, from Joe Henderson to Chick Corea. He worked extensively during the 60s & 70s in a variety of small and large combos (including Tito Puente, as well as the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band) until releasing the first of two recordings as a leader on Bob Shad’s Mainstream label in 1973, ‘It’s the Right Thing’. Yellin steps out fiercely on both alto sax and flute, leading a mid-sized combo that includes Hal Galper (Electric Piano), Jack Wilkins & Roland Prince (Guitar), Mario Rivera (Flute, Tenor/Soprano/Baritone Sax), Barry Rogers (Trombone), Clint Houston (Bass), Darryl Washington & David Lee Jr. (Drums), Lawrence Killian & Angel Allende (Percussion/Congas). Yellin contributes a couple of originals, and there’s a fine rendition of “Softly As A Morning Sunrise” and an unexpectedly groovy take on Stevie Wonder’s “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life”. Jazz snobs who turn their noses up at electricity and a willingness to take on “commercial” tunes like the aforementioned Stevie Wonder cover are missing out on a fine jazz record—there’s some tremendous playing here. Yellin SHREDS. Good stuff!