Original article at Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival 2012
Keyboard | Friday, April 27th 2012, 10.30 pm
With a smooth sound bringing together elements of funk, R&B, rock, and electric jazz, keyboardist/composer/producer Jeff Lorber helped pioneer the Fusion genre, which was renamed Contemporary Jazz in later years.
Born in Philadelphia, 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 studies at the Berklee College of Music, and after forming the Jeff Lorber Fusion he released the group’s eponymous debut album 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 regardless of his commercial success he took a hiatus as a recording artist and turned to production and session work instead. It wasn’t until his 1991’s “Worth Waiting For” that he chose to release his first proper solo LP, while remaining both a prolific performer and producer for the rest of the decade.
He went on to record for several labels in the ’90s and released successful smooth jazz albums during the post-millenium years. More than three decades after his earliest recordings, Lorber has come full circle. His 24th Album, “Galaxy”, set for release on January 31, 2012, revisits a sound he helped pioneer. The album takes continues to explore the experiment that he started with his last GRAMMY®-nominated CD, “Now is the Time” (2010).
courtesy of Smooth Entertainment, Christian Bößner