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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.

Featured Album of the Week

J. Lorber Fusion - Now is The Time

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.

In subsequent years, Lorber dropped the term “fusion” from his billing as the movement evolved into what is currently known as contemporary jazz. Still, he continued to explore the innovative, improvisational potential of grafting other musical forms to the jazz idiom. —Concord Music Group

New Music Releases

Below we have list of this weeks latest jazz releases, also while you’re here check out Amazon.com for and extended lists of Imports, Vinyl and Re-issues.

-))- Now Is the Time by Jeff Lorber Fusion
-))- Bom Tempo by Sergio Mendes
-))- Travelling by Steve Howe
-))- Caribbean Night by WDR Big Band CONDUCTED BY VINCE MENDOZA
-))- Panic: The Son of Shock by Creed Orchestra Taylor – [Import]
-))- New Horizons by Airborne
-))- Live In Marciac by Wynton Marsalis and Richard Gall
-))- Lots of Love by Roy Ayers – [Vinyl]
-))- Images by Steve Davis
-))- Rhythm of Life by Papik – [Germany]
-))- Night Walk by Quartetto Trevi

..:: Source: Amazon.com ::..