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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. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Alrite boys grab your grandma and waltzes her on this bet u get ur favorite pie baked that good!!!
Went to school with jeff .. wow! He just keeps getting better with age ... just like a good glass of wine...
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 !!
yoshiking94
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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.
No limit to his music I have so many likes I can't explain for years his music jams on.
Chop Sticks. : Aw Man. I want some Chinese Food. I love Asian Food. My favorite. Especially Filipino and Japanese.
This is defiantly road music!!!
davis1rd
Nice... I've been a fan since the very first JLF 8 track
For no games..the best to ever do it!
Love this track make me think of a nice place to go and have a nice glass of wine
Thank God Pandora plays old jazz, I'm hearing music I never heard before. Flipside is amazing.
Good:):);)
It sounds like a beautiful Jazz tale. I'm In love.
I hope you were describing Philly Style.
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'
bllynch17
he is one of the truly great smooth jazz artists
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bibbslinda
Pandora is the place to be for uninterrupte d music
gardenofmone y
always puts out soothing, easy flowing, gentle, but strong vibes. love his music.
I can't even count how many times I've seen him play it's like he is a part of my family. Never disappointed .
Much respect !
Very nice ....I play the piano he is very talented.... j a z z y
Jeff gets what he deserves in Jazz, Respect and 2 Thumbs UP.
Greatness personified. Jeff seems to get better with each new rendition. Wow.
Key after key! Jeff lorber is bad!
Heard this nimble keyboardist in1986 in Nigeria on his fusion project featuring Kenny G.Baddest!!! ! !
Jeff Lorber is a smooth cat. I can listen to his music alllllllllll l l day....
love this song, very smooth :)
I've followed Jeff skince his first and yet to be disappointed .....way to go!!!!
My MAN!!! THE only cat in my clique digging this dude back in the day!
Luv this philly style... ;-)
First time listener I love it.
Soothing...l u v it. Made my Sunday :)
Jeff Lober's style of fusion has always been creative art form on my life.thank for contribution music world.
Too Smooth!
hobbie26
where is the hacienda album
gardenofmone y
you made a right decision Joan Price. stayed tuned for more exceptional progressive music.
Just recently went from blues to jazz and just discovered him.
jazz4557
One of the best to ever play mr. Jeff lorber.
gardenofmone y
ahhh yeah, jeff makes such sweet, soft music with those keys. love his piano playing.
He's been doin it for years.
swtness2009
Real Smooth Sh......t
I've loved Jeff Lorber from the start!
..great tune...
exboatgirl
I don't know what fusion is, but this speaks to my soul...
jemyers92
Wonderful music! enjoyed it for over 30 years...I have his original Fusion on vinyl...love this sound...grea t for cruising on the road, relaxing at home or intimate settings with the one you love, a truly great artist!
Many don't realize he is practically the father of what's right in smooth jazz - the real Jazz/R&B fusion, not just instrumental pop. Anybody know where I can get a copy of It's a Fact? My LP has seen better days. Thank you Jeff Lorber!!!
He was on soul train!!!! Yes sir!!!!
i am a fan
Jeff lorber is my MAIN man. He is a groove master and I have followed his music for over 30 years startin with the original jeff Lorber Fusion. He is one of those rare artists (for me) that if he has something NEW out I will pick up without even listening to it. Jeff has never disaappointe d me...So I guess you could say i am a fan (LOL)
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