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by Len Davis
On today's program we begin with two dynamic piano players, Cameron Graves and Hiromi. Saxophonist Randal Despommier with his latestDio C'e and Space-Time from Jeff Lorber Fusion with Jimmy Haslip and Gary Novak. Playlist Cameron Graves Sacred Spheres" from Seven (Mack Avenuel) 00:00 Hiromi Double Personality" from Another Mind (Telarc) 06:18 Randal Despommier Big Empty" from Dio C'e (Outside In) 12:33 Teymur Phell Zero To Sixty" from Master Volume (Self Produced) 18:54 On Impulse Club Ellen" from On ...read more
by Jim Worsley
I don't know that anyone would confuse Jeff Lorber with a mad scientist, but you know, as they say, if the shoe fits. Lorber is far from mad, so okay, let's take that out of the equation. However, if the art of music can be further developed and shaped by scientific measures then Lorber resembles Albert Einstein. Perhaps more on his mother's side (that's a joke). Seriously now, the chemistry that the Grammy winning multi-talented keyboardist, composer, and producer captures ...read more
by C. Andrew Hovan
Jeff Lorber Fusion Nighttown Cleveland, Ohio May 26, 2017 One of the pioneers of the fusion movement of the early '80s that ultimately morphed into the smooth jazz craze, keyboard man Jeff Lorber made his initial mark with the five albums he cut between 1977 and 1981. Leading an ensemble billed as the Jeff Lorber Fusion, the last few albums he recorded for Arista even featured the budding saxophonist Kenny Gorelick, who later dropped ...read more
by Jeff Winbush
Don't call it a comeback. Call it a throwback. In a time when many of the major players of the fusion era have unplugged, keyboardist Jeff Lorber not only keeps grinding away, he's doubling down. Not by coincidence is Galaxy billed as a Jeff Lorber Fusion project rather than a Lorber solo project. This is clearly an artist not the least bit embarrassed by his roots in jazz fusion. If anything, with smooth jazz evaporating as a dominant style, now ...read more
by Eugene Holley, Jr.
An accepted kernel of jazz historiography states that cats who play what has ultimately become smooth jazz play it because they can't play the real music. But even back in the day--specifically the seventies--this wasn't true across the board, as evidenced by the undeniable chops of Ramsey Lewis, Grover Washington, Jr., Joe Sample, and Philly-born keyboardist Jeff Lorber. His group, The Jeff Lorber Fusion, was a mainstay on urban black radio, and his compositions, arrangements and solos swung in the ...read more
by Chris Lawhorn
[Editor's Note: Working Out to Jazz is a new All About Jazz column, devoted to providing jazz playlists for the purpose of working out. For his first installment, Chris Lawhorn's emphasis is on largely up-tempo, mostly smooth jazz music, though his selection from guitarist Lee Ritenour's 6 String Theory (Concord, 2010) is a fiery mainstream swinger, featuring Pat Martino and Joey DeFrancesco, while Dr. Lonnie Smith's Beehive," from Spiral (Palmetto, 2010), leans more towards the fusion end of the spectrum. ...read more
by James Nadal
Only a handful of pioneering musicians can adapt the perception of fusion jazz into a contemporary mindset and make it palatable. With the release of Now Is The Time . Keyboardist Jeff Lorber demonstrates why he has maintained his stature and reputation, while producing music which is easy on the ears and accessible to a broad audience. Now Is The Time represents a reinvention of Lorber's original musical trajectory, culled from his early catalog but given a ...read more