|Born||November 4, 1952|
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
|Occupation||Musician, composer, record producer|
|Associated acts||Duran Duran|
The Jeff Lorber Fusion
|Musician / Record Producer|
Jeff Lorber (born November 4, 1952 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American Grammy Award-nominated keyboardist, composer, and record producer, whose work has included mixing Duran Duran's "Come Undone" (U.S. Remix) released in 1993.
Jeff started to play the piano when he was four years old and after playing in a number of R&B bands as a teen, went on to attend Berklee College of Music, where he developed his love for jazz.
His first group, The Jeff Lorber Fusion, released their self-titled debut album in 1977 on Inner City Records. Supported by a revolving cast of musicians including longtime drummer Dennis Bradford, Lorber recorded five studio albums under this moniker. These early releases showcased a funky sound influenced by other jazz fusion practitioners like Herbie Hancock, Weather Report and Return to Forever.
In 1982, Lorber recorded his first solo album It's A Fact, which explored Lorber's R&B roots with a smoother, more synth-heavy sound. The album featured a new backing band as well as contributions from former Fusion bandmate Kenny G and legendary percussionist Paulinho de Costa, a stark contrast to the instrumental recordings of the Fusion.
His subsequent albums continued to evolve in a smooth jazz direction. Two greatest hits compilations, The Definitive Collection and The Very Best of Jeff Lorber, were released in 2000 and 2002 respectively.
Lorber has done extensive production and session work for other artists including Dave Koz, Eric Benet, Herb Alper and Laura Branigan.
A selection of creditsEdit
Studio albums (The Jeff Lorber Fusion) Edit
- The Jeff Lorber Fusion (1977, Inner City Records)
- Soft Space (1978, Inner City)
- Water Sign (1979, Arista Records)
- Wizard Island (1980, Arista)
- Galaxian (1981, Arista)
- Now Is the Time (2010, Heads Up)
Studio albums (solo career)Edit
- It's a Fact (1982, Arista Records)
- In the Heat of the Night (1984, Arista Records)
- Lift Off (1984, Arista Records)
- Step by Step (1984, Arista Records)
- Private Passion (1986, Warner Bros. Records)
- Worth Waiting For (1993, Verve Forecast)
- West Side Stories (1994, Verve Forecast)
- State of Grace (1996, Verve Forecast)
- Midnight (1998, Zebra Records)
- Kickin' It (2001, Samson Records)
- Philly Style (2003, Narada Productions)
- Flipside (2005, Narada Productions)
- He Had a Hat (2007, Blue Note Records)
- Heard That (2008, Peak Records)
- http://www.lorber.com Official site
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