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Mike Stern/Jeff Lorber Fusion: Eleven (Concord Jazz)

Quite an interesting pairing: keyboardist Jeff Lorber, who has performed and/or produced many contemporary jazz and smooth-jazz hits, and jazz/rock guitarist Mike Stern, whose background includes stints with Miles Davis, Billy Cobham, and the Brecker Brothers. It was bassist Jimmy Haslip’s idea to bring the two together. A founding member of the Yellowjackets, Haslip played … Read More “Mike Stern/Jeff Lorber Fusion: Eleven (Concord Jazz)”

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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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Jeff Lorber/Chuck Loeb/Everette Harp: Jazz Funk Soul

Three of contemporary jazz’s most popular artists-keyboardist Jeff Lorber, guitarist Chuck Loeb and saxophonist Everette Harp-offer a fresh take on fusion on Jazz Funk Soul, an album that grew out of a successful tour. The title is certainly truth in advertising: The set delivers a hefty, and very tasty, helping of jazz, funk and soul … Read More “Jeff Lorber/Chuck Loeb/Everette Harp: Jazz Funk Soul”

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