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Jeff Lorber

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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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Albums by
Jeff Lorber

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    In the Heat of the Night

    10 songs

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    Heard That

    11 songs

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    Private Passion

    10 songs

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    Flipside

    10 songs

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    Kickin' It

    11 songs

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    Midnight

    10 songs

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    State of Grace

    11 songs

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    West Side Stories

    11 songs

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    Worth Waiting For

    9 songs

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    It's a Fact

    11 songs

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    Step It Up

    13 songs

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    Luna Rosarina

    10 songs

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    Philly Style

    1 song

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    Mustang

    1 song

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    Rehab

    1 song

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    Anthem For A New America

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    Ooh La La

    15 songs

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    The Very Best of Jeff Lorber

    16 songs

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    The Definitive Collection

    13 songs

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    He Had a Hat

    13 songs

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    Step By Step

    11 songs

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    Now Is The Time

    8 songs

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    Galaxian

    9 songs

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    It's a Fact

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Top Songs by
Jeff Lorber

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  2.   Point Venus
  3.   By My Side
  4.   Ooh la La
  5.   You Got Something
  6.   Ain't Nobody
  7.   PCH (Pacific Coast Highway)
  8.   Katherine
  9.   Never
  10.   Wizard Island
  11.   The Bomb
  12.   Gamma Rays
  13.   Anthem for a New America
  14.   Step by Step
  15.   All Most Blues
  16.   Jazzery
  17.   Warm Springs
  18.   Rehab
  19.   Step on It
  20.   Tenth Victim
  21.   Super Fusion Unit
  22.   Gigabyte
  23.   Get Up
  24.   Uncle Darrow's
  25.   The Magician
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Jeff Lorber

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    Smooth Jazz Instrumentals

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    Smooth Jazz


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