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Jeff Lorber Fusion: Prototype (Shanachie)

Even if Prototype, the title of Jeff Lorber Fusion’s latest release, is meant to be emblematic of contemporary jazz to come, don’t expect a series of jarring breaks with the past. Quite often the album’s appeal is derived from the vintage blues, bop, soul-jazz and R&B sounds that continue to inform keyboardist Lorber’s fusion perspective, … Read More “Jeff Lorber Fusion: Prototype (Shanachie)”

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Jeff Lorber Fusion: Step It Up

On initial airing, veteran keyboardist Jeff Lorber’s latest sounds suspiciously like something you might hear on the phone while waiting for an insurance claim to be processed. But give this music a little more time than however long it takes for the next operator to become available and greater intricacies of texture and groove reveal … Read More “Jeff Lorber Fusion: Step It Up”

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Chris Kelsey & What I Say: The Electric Miles Project

On The Electric Miles Project, saxophonist Chris Kelsey and his What I Say quintet approach Miles Davis’ fusion work in terms of layers. It’s an unusual tack, but given the methods of construction Davis used, a valid and probably long overdue one. The resultant album provides real insight into the fusion pioneer’s inventions-and the musicians’ … Read More “Chris Kelsey & What I Say: The Electric Miles Project”

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Jeff Lorber Fusion: Galaxy

On his last record, 2010’s Now Is the Time, Jeff Lorber reclaimed the long-lost “fusion” part of his band name and brand identity. With Bobby Colomby and Yellowjackets bassist Jimmy Haslip co-producing, the keyboardist and composer deemphasized smooth-jazz values in favor of his old approach, which split the difference between vintage jazz-rock fusion and punchy … Read More “Jeff Lorber Fusion: Galaxy”

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