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Posted October 1, 2010
Back in the groove
Fresh off the success of his Grammy-nominated album, `He Had a Hat¿, Jeff Lorber is back in the groove with `Heard That¿, his debut CD for Peak Records, which capably blends pop, blues, R&B and fusion. There is usually a lot going on on Lorber¿s CD¿s and this one is no exception. The set kicks off with a driving beat on `Come On Up¿ and follows with a jaunty instrumental version of Amy Winehouse¿s `Rehab¿, the clear highlight of the album. A catchy piano melody is the driving force behind `Don¿t Hold Back¿. `You Got Something¿ and `Don¿t Stop¿ feature vocals in their choruses but both tracks are a little repetitive on the whole. `Gamma Rays¿ harkens back to the fusion days of old, a traditional Lorber number. `The Bomb¿ keys off a set of interesting chord changes and rhythms. `Take Control¿ is the mellowest track on Heard That with a laid-back beat and the ethereal vocals of Lauren Evans who else co-wrote the song. The wah-wah guitar on `Night Sky¿ plays off nicely against Lorber¿s energetic piano. The title track wraps up the CD, a funky tune with an acid-y rhythm, featuring a lively brass section. Rick Braun (trumpet), Paul Jackson Jr. (guitar), Gary Meek and Gerald Albright (sax) are among the many guest artists on the album. Veteran Rex Rideout co-produced the CD with Lorber and the excellent production values are evident throughout this quality release.<BR/><BR/>Track ratings:<BR/>Come On up 4<BR/>Rehab 5<BR/>Don¿t Hold Back 4 <BR/>You Got Something 3 <BR/>Gamma Rays 3<BR/>Don¿t Stop 3<BR/>The Bomb 4<BR/>Take Control 4<BR/>Night Sky 4<BR/>Heard That 4Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 2, 2009
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