Jeff Lorber

Jeff Lorber

现代爵士钢琴家Jeff Lorber从来不愁自己的唱片卖不出去,因为他知道人们想听什么,什么时候需要他的音乐,而这个时候什么样的音乐最最合适。这位当今smooth jazz界名满天下的键盘手至80年代中期以来“泛爵士化”的步子迈得无比坚定,做出的东西是一张比一张smooth,当然在销量和电台排行上也造就了不少奇迹。投靠Narada Jazz快两年的Jeff Lorber也已经为东家发行了两张专辑。《Philly Style》和《Flipside》。前一张是为他的家乡费城所作,具有强烈的都市气息,繁忙的快节奏以及灯红酒绿。《Flipside》依旧是一张都市作品,虽然拥有一幅假日气息的封面,但绝对不是一张假日专辑,也许用音乐来放假心情才是都市人真正需要的。: by Jason Ankeny 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. Lorbers infatuation with jazz began during his stay at the Berklee College of Music, and after forming the Jeff Lorber Fusion he issued the groups self-titled debut in 1979. During the first half of the following decade, the band became one of the most popular jazz acts of the period, touring non-stop and even scoring a Best R&B Instrumental Grammy nomination for their radio hit Pacific Coast Highway. 1984s Step by Step was their most successful outing yet, but at the Fusions peak, Lorber disbanded the group, instead turning to production and session work. He did not issue his first proper solo LP until 1991s 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 2003s Philly Style and 2005s Flipside. He released He Had a Hat on Blue Note in 2007.
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