Greetings’ jazz aficionados, the month of June has finally arrived with another palette of distinctive, and insinuating sounds, immaculate melodies, relentless rhythms attached to the opulent flavors embedded & exalted freely from the vibrant voice of jazz is here to quench our ongoing thirst for quality music.
In the meantime, we’re here to celebrate “Black Music Month!” We’re delighted to jump start the summer with a defining moment embracing a hypnotic groove that reflects the mood of the season in a redemptive spirit with the fusion classic “Chinese Medicinal Herbs” anchored to the spicy “Sugar Free” tastefully served up by Portland, OR native and keyboardist Jeff Lorber and his latest offering “Now is The Time” on Telarc is a smooth blend of refined fusion and signature vocals will satisfy his current fanbase. We also have the engaging rhythms of “Bom Tempo” by the legendary Brazilian maestro Sergio Mendes. The combustible flavorings of new music continues to soar with the bluesy ramp of the Steve Howe Trio and his tasty and organic vibes of “Travelling” melodically stirred with a savoring old school twist! While you’re here, there’s more new stuff including the fascinating sounds by the WDR Big Band featuring brilliant arrangements of Vince Mendoza along with a host of other top shelve players on “Caribbean Night.”
Jeff Lorber Fusion -|- Now is The Time – [Telarc, 2010]
By the late 1970s, keyboardist and composer Jeff Lorber had become a prominent figure in the new movement known as jazz fusion – a marriage of traditional jazz with elements of rock, R&B, funk and other electrified sounds. Lorber and his band, the Jeff Lorber Fusion, first honed their craft in the Portland, Oregon, club scene and rapidly expanded their reach to a national and international audience via a combination of complex harmonies, unconventional time signatures and compelling rhythms. Continue reading