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Jeff 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 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; it was nominated for Best Pop Instrumental Album at the 2014 Grammy Awards.

After a supporting tour, Lorber and Haslip wanted to waste no time in cutting another record. They re-enlisted Colaiuta, and recruited Yellowjackets' saxophonist Bob Mintzer and guitarist Robben Ford, as well a host of studio aces who included percussionist Lenny Castro and guitarist Paul Jackson, Jr. David Mann was hired to provide horn charts. Step It Up was released by Heads Up during the fall of 2015.~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Heard That

1. Come On Up

2. Rehab

3. Don't Hold Back

4. You Got Something

5. Gamma Rays

6. Don't Stop

7. The Bomb

8. Take Control

9. Night Sky

10. Heard That

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Track List: He Had A Hat

1. Anthem For A New America

2. He Had A Hat

3. Grandma's Hands

4. Surreptitious

5. All Most Blues

6. Orchid

7. Bc Bop

8. The Other Side Of The Heart

9. Hudson

10. Super Fusion Unit

11. Eye Tunes

12. Requiem For Gandalf

13. Burn Brightly

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Track List: Flipside

1. Ooh La La

2. Everybody Knows That

3. By My Side

4. Flipside

5. Santa Monica Triangle

6. Sun Ra

7. Angel In Paris

8. Bombay Cafe

9. Tune 88

10. Enchanted Way

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Track List: Philly Style

1. Under Wraps

2. Gigabyte

3. Regardless Of

4. Philly Style

5. Soul Food

6. Laissez Faire

7. Step On It

8. Uncle Darrow's

9. When She Smiles

10. Serpentine Lane

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Track List: State Of Grace

1. Wide Open Spaces

2. PCH (Pacific Coast Highway)

3. State Of Grace

4. Bring It On

5. Cat Paws

6. Katherine

7. Hearts On Fire

8. Moonterrace

9. The Island Of Temples

10. Deep Ellum

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gamma rays..great exercise for all musicians. ...can you dig it...well try anyways donjuan
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Bad boy on the piano yes sir groove yes oh.
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Jeff is great, every time I hear angel in Paris it bring tears to my eyes, " God bless Jeff lorber and all the great musicians, keep on keeping on.
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johnmargie6
Great soul for the ears
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Some of the greatest grooves on Pandora !!!
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This man here... Always plays good music for your soul!! :-)
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I've been a Jeff Lorber fan since his beginning. He just can PLAY !!! He's in the top of my piano musicians list.
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sireal sound you go boy.
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Jeff is the man. He never turns out anything bad and you can pick him out of other peoples music with his Lorber Touch. He is far and away my favorite artist.
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Berkeley musicians are the best :)
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mikki.baker
Will never turn off his music....so smooth.
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Fabulous sound, Jeff is talented.
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Hey now let's not forget Water Sign. ...And Wizard Island. ...those are some of Jeff's better earlier recordings.. . . s o m e pretty hot stuff!!
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I remember Jeff when he and a guy named Kenny Gorlick (Kenny G) did the college circuit in the early 80's. At the time Miller Auditorium at Western MI Univ had the 2nd best acoustics of any auditorium (Carnegie Hall was #1) and when they played in there Jeff's keyboard was crystal clear even in the balcony. He and Kenny G tore the place up for years until Kenny went solo. Then Jeff picked up Karyn White and the band never lost a beat!
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Yeah Lorbers' tight
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maggiekksb
No Patriots game here just Cincy Az...Gee whiz
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Jeff Lorber, most excellent!
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Love his keys!!!
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Badd A** keyboard king
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lisandramoor e
Flipside. Angel in Paris. There is something magical and whimsical about that song, is just the perfect song.
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Classic takes me to Big Sur drivin down the smooth hi way 1 the beauty of ocean moutians
Fresh air... I am there
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weatherspoon r o r y
Some times it makes you wonder what your wondering! !
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Jeff makes work fun.!
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Such a funky rythm, it excites the soul
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lolynews
Excelent ...music
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YES!!! At work bobbing my head to this nice track! I need this on repeat!!! You go boy!!!!
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ojosmarones5 8
Love this track. Love the way he play the piano.
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His music 'hits the spot'. Honolulu loves Jeff Lorber!!
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Yes, Jeff Lorber's latin flavored CHOPSTICKS! : )
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This song will put a bounce in your step, the music is so alive, you can't help but to move, dance if you must. Jeff's music has that effect on the soul
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Artie1940

Been listening to Mr Lorber for quite a while. We are all truly blessed to listen to this giant keyboard genius!!!
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Alrite boys grab your grandma and waltzes her on this bet u get ur favorite pie baked that good!!!
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Went to school with jeff .. wow! He just keeps getting better with age ... just like a good glass of wine...
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dialecticton g u e
Awesome grooves; well constructed song structures,c a t c h y riffs and melodies and REALLy good soloing. And consistent high standard !!
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I've been a fan of Jeff Lorber since his very first album, which I think was actually one of his best. Jeff's style has evolved in so many different ways music, it's amazing! After many years of listening to him, I'm still fascinated by his melodic interpretati o n s . When he improvises, it's as if every note he plays creates a picture of melodic perfection. He is unquestionab l y one of the greatest keyboardists the world has ever blessed us with.
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No limit to his music I have so many likes I can't explain for years his music jams on.
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This is defiantly road music!!!
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Nice... I've been a fan since the very first JLF 8 track
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For no games..the best to ever do it!
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Love this track make me think of a nice place to go and have a nice glass of wine
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Thank God Pandora plays old jazz, I'm hearing music I never heard before. Flipside is amazing.
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Good:):);)
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It sounds like a beautiful Jazz tale. I'm In love.
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I hope you were describing Philly Style.
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I believe this cut was on the intro to The Charlie Rose show. Good to hear it and know who was behind it. Lov it'
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bllynch17
he is one of the truly great smooth jazz artists
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always puts out soothing, easy flowing, gentle, but strong vibes. love his music.
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