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Jeff Lorber

Trailblazing keyboardist/composer/producer Jeff Lorber revisits a sound he helped pioneer on his latest recording, Galaxy, set for release in January 2012.

“…this is a dandy walk through the fusion garden with some of it’s finest practitioners showing the way. Totally solid contemporary jazz listening date that you really don’t have to be sitting down to enjoy.” -Midwest Record

Yellowjackets’ bassist Jimmy Haslip joins him in this 21st century version of the Jeff Lorber Fusion along with saxophonist Bob Franceschini, trumpeter Randy Brecker, and drummer Gary Novak. Haslip also co-produced the album and co-wrote five tunes with Lorber.

With a smooth sound bringing together elements of funk, R&B, rock and electric jazz, keyboardist Jeff Lorber helped pioneer a genre of fusion later formatted under such names as Smooth and Contemporary Jazz. Lorber’s infatuation with jazz began during his stay at the Berklee College of Music, and after forming the Jeff Lorber Fusion he issued the group’s self-titled debut in 1979. During the first half of the following decade, the band became one of the most popular jazz acts of the period, touring non-stop and even scoring a Grammy nomination for their radio hit “Pacific Coast Highway.” 1984′s Step by Step was their most successful outing yet, but at the Fusion’s peak, Lorber disbanded the group, instead turning to production and session work. He did not issue his first proper solo LP until 1991′s Worth Waiting For, remaining both a prolific performer and producer for the rest of the decade. He has spent the 2000′s releasing successful smooth jazz albums like 2003′s Philly Style and 2005′s Flipside.

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