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Jeff Lorber: Chemistry in Fusion

Read "Jeff Lorber: Chemistry in Fusion" reviewed 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 ...

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Jeff Lorber Fusion at Nighttown

Read "Jeff Lorber Fusion at Nighttown" reviewed 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 ...

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Jeff Lorber: Galaxy

Read "Galaxy" reviewed 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 ...

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Jeff Lorber Fusion: Now is the Time

Read "Now is the Time" reviewed 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 ...

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Smooth Cruisin'

Read "Smooth Cruisin'" reviewed 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. ...

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Jeff Lorber Fusion: Now Is The Time

Read "Now Is The Time" reviewed 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 ...

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Jeff Lorber: He Had a Hat

Read "Jeff Lorber: He Had a Hat" reviewed by Katrina-Kasey Wheeler

Jeff Lorber never ceases to amaze. He Had a Hat (Blue Note, 2007) is Lorber at his pure and unadulterated best. The keyboardist teamed up with an all-star team of musicians including Bobby Colomby, the visionary producer behind many successful albums including trumpeter Chris Botti's When I Fall in Love (Columbia, 2004), To Love Again: The Duets (Columbia, 2005), as well as the 1976 Epic debut of the late bassist Jaco Pastorius. Lorber, known for his smooth, synth-heavy sound, has ...


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