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Jeff Lorber Fusion

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 NAC and contemporary jazz. Born in Philadelphia on November 4, 1952, he began playing the piano at the age of four, and as a teen performed with a variety of local R&B bands. 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 1977. During the first half of the following decade, the band became one of the most popular jazz acts of the period, touring nonstop and even scoring a Best R&B Instrumental Grammy nomination for the radio hit "Pacific Coast Highway." Released in 1986, Private Passion was Lorber's most successful outing yet, but at this commercial peak he stopped recording, 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 recorded for Verve and Zebra in the '90s before moving over to Narada in the 2000s and releasing successful smooth jazz albums like 2003's Philly Style and 2005's Flipside. He released He Had a Hat on Blue Note in 2007. In 2010, Lorber released the '70s funk and soul-inflected Heard That. In 2010, Lorber reactivated the Jeff Lorber Fusion and released Now Is the Time via Heads Up International. The album received generally positive reviews, placed high on the contemporary jazz chart, and was nominated for a Grammy.

Lorber not only stayed with the revitalized JLF format, but went even deeper for 2012's Galaxy (Heads Up/Concord), revisiting in depth the sound he helped to pioneer. Lorber, bassist Jimmy Haslip, and saxophonist Eric Marienthal were accompanied by drummer Vinnie Colaiuta. The album also featured guest spots by trumpeter Randy Brecker; percussionist Lenny Castro; guitarists Paul Jackson, Jr., Michael Thompson, Andrée Theander, and Larry Koonse; and drummer Dave Weckl. In August of 2013, the JLF released Hacienda. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Long time JLF fan. Watched him perform at Soiled Dove with Everette Harp. Great musician and producer
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Philly borne, Philly bad!!
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Thanks for the sweet sounds that transcends time and space
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Paved the way for Brian Culberson, Boney James, Rick Braun styles. Gave me spook much spooky space cadet muzak 2 learn and master. I did master it didn't I?:-)
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Lorber was at his best when Kenny Gorelick played with him. I heard them 2 nights in a row at the front row in Cleveland and then in Pittsburgh. The sad part was Kenny went mainstream mushy after Lorber but made money with his mushy new style. I've been sad since but Lorber still kicks it.
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malinda.flow e r s
I've listened to Jeff Lorber since I was a child and didn't know I was listening to Fusion. Carry on Mr Lorber!
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Jeff Lorber, u r fantastic!!! Jazz fusion wouldn't b as mainstream today if it wasn't 4 u:) very rare musician!! Many greats, but very few tht can arrange and compose like u. Thts wat seperates the pros to the legends. U r a legend Mr. Lorber:):)
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Still rockin' it, still lovin' it, he is amazing!
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kenschmidt3
First heard JLF when they opened for Bob James in Seattle. That was the first time I heard Kenny G also. Been a fan of Jeff ever since!
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rbwl307
Jeff Lorber doing his thang,... great driving music!
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swark3
jeff rocks
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great musicbe
en listening to jeff for many years great ilove it

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Jeff is BAD.......Mo t h e r . . . . . S H U T YOUR MOUTH!!!! Smile.
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Jeff Lorber is that dude!
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mpaskerta039
yeah driving music I love it..
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OUTSTANDING! ! ! ! HIGHWAY MUSIC
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I got turn on to Jeff in the early 80s an been a fan since
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Saw Jeff when I was 17, and he was 20 in Pittsburgh as the actual second act behind Stanley Clarke and Chicken.Core a in Return to Forever. He blew me away and 40 years since he has kept it fresh and relevant,and timeless at the same time. He makes it appear effortless though the complex rythym and and timing of his signature.so u n d delights the senses of my love of soul, funk, R&B, into a fusion sound he has personified and the genre was born. Hell be celebrated for centuries for his genius.
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gbonnin5
Great, creative music!
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Jazzy Jeff, you do it for me Lorraine, DC
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