Keyboardist and producer Jeff Lorber has wrapped up production of a new CD that delves back into his early catalog and reinvents some of his compositions from the Jeff Lorber Fusion heyday. The CD, Now Is the Time, is LorberвЂ™s follow-up to 2008вЂ™s Heard That. The new CD will be released June 1.
By the late 1970s, Lorber had become a prominent figure in the new movement known as jazz fusion вЂ“ a marriage of traditional jazz with elements of rock, R&B, funk and other electrified sounds. Lorber and his band, Jeff Lorber Fusion, first honed their craft in the Portland, Ore., club scene and rapidly expanded their reach to a national and international audience.
This new incarnation of the Jeff Lorber Fusion includes bassist Jimmy Haslip (who co-produced with Lorber and Bobby Colomby), saxophonist Eric Marienthal, trumpeter Randy Brecker, guitarist Paul Jackson Jr., and drummers Vinnie Colaiuta and Dave Weckl.
вЂњWe all had a vision of what we wanted this record to be,вЂ� says Lorber, who points to a recent European tour with many of these same musicians вЂ“ and the positive response that resulted from it вЂ“ as the primary catalyst for the album. вЂњWe wanted a return to the sound of the Jeff Lorber Fusion, but informed by everything IвЂ™ve learned since then. All of a sudden, people seem to be interested in hearing that again. TheyвЂ™re ready to hear musicians who can really play, really stretch the envelope with their technique, with their songwriting, and with harmonic structure.вЂ�
01. Pixel (Jeff Lorber-Jimmy Haslip-Bobby Colomby) вЂ“ 5:23
02. Black Ice (Jeff Lorber) 4:22
03. Rain Dance/Wanna Fly (Jeff Lorber-Irene Bauza-Frankie Biggs) вЂ“ 4:13
04. Las Rosas (Jeff Lorber) вЂ“ 4:00
05. Water Sign(Jeff Lorber-Irene Bauza-Frankie Biggs) вЂ“ 3:56
06. Mysterious Traveller (Wayne Shorter) вЂ“ 4:55
07. Curtains/Before We Go (Jeff Lorber-Irene Bauza-Frankie Biggs) вЂ“ 4:17
08. Dr. Moy (Jeff Lorber-Steve Dubin) вЂ“ 3:07
09. Sugar Free (Jeff Lorber-Irene Bauza-Frankie Biggs) вЂ“ 4:49
10. Chinese Medicinal Herbs (Jeff Lorber) вЂ“ 4:24
11. Sumatra (Jeff Lorber) вЂ“ 4:11Now Is the Time
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