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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
A sophisticated showcase for his varied jazz styles, Jeff Lorber's He Had a Hat finds the pianist moving from softly funky pop-jazz numbers to a few straight-ahead swingers. Always an urbane and tasteful musician, Lorber has often found a good balance between contemporary pop oriented material and more cerebral improvisational cuts, and He Had a Hat is a prime example of this duality. To these ends, tracks like the title cut and the frenetic "Surreptitious" evince a kind of Tower of Power meets Brecker Brothers funk. Fittingly, trumpeter Randy Brecker adds his supple chops to the latter track. Similarly engaging big-band numbers like "All Most Blues" and the afterglow ...
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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
A sophisticated showcase for his varied jazz styles, Jeff Lorber's He Had a Hat finds the pianist moving from softly funky pop-jazz numbers to a few straight-ahead swingers. Always an urbane and tasteful musician, Lorber has often found a good balance between contemporary pop oriented material and more cerebral improvisational cuts, and He Had a Hat is a prime example of this duality. To these ends, tracks like the title cut and the frenetic "Surreptitious" evince a kind of Tower of Power meets Brecker Brothers funk. Fittingly, trumpeter Randy Brecker adds his supple chops to the latter track. Similarly engaging big-band numbers like "All Most Blues" and the afterglow ballad "Orchid" bring to mind both early- and late-period Miles Davis, respectively. Also joining Lorber here are a bevy of name artists including trumpeter Chris Botti, vocalist Paula Cole, saxophonist Gerald Albright, and many others.This CD was nominated for a Grammy award in 2007 for Best Contemporary Jazz Album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/3/2007
  • Label: Narada
  • UPC: 094635561128
  • Catalog Number: 55611
  • Sales rank: 61,123

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Anthem for a New America (3:48)
  2. 2 He Had a Hat (4:34)
  3. 3 Grandma's Hands (4:06)
  4. 4 Surreptitious (4:10)
  5. 5 All Most Blues (4:25)
  6. 6 Orchid (3:54)
  7. 7 Be Bops (2:28)
  8. 8 The Other Side of the Heart (5:35)
  9. 9 Hudson (3:58)
  10. 10 Super Fusion Unit (3:52)
  11. 11 Eye Tunes (3:50)
  12. 12 Requiem for Gandalf (3:43)
  13. 13 Burn Brightly (3:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jeff Lorber Primary Artist, Keyboards, Soloist, Horn Engineer
Gerald Albright Alto Saxophone
Brian Bromberg Bass
Hubert Laws Flute
Tom Scott Alto Saxophone, Horn Section
Bob Sheppard Tenor Saxophone
Russell Malone Guitar
Richard Todd French Horn
Paula Cole Vocals
Alex Al Bass
Chris Botti Trumpet
Randy Brecker Trumpet
Lenny Castro Percussion, Tambourine
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
Steve Durnin French Horn
Gary Grant Trumpet
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Abraham Laboriel Sr. Drums
Bob McChesney Trombone
Teddy Mulet Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Bob Shepard Flute, Alto Flute
Tom Timko Saxophone
Dave Weckl Drums
Kirk Whalum Tenor Saxophone, Horn Section
Eric Benét Vocals
Steve Jankowski Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Ada Rovatti Tenor Saxophone
Craig Gosnell Bass Trombone
John D. Mitchell Bass Clarinet
Paul Rayner-Brown Guitar
Technical Credits
Bill Withers Composer
Jeremy Lubbock Orchestration
Tom Scott Orchestration, Horn Arrangements
Jeff Lorber Composer, Engineer, Horn Arrangements
Randy Brecker Orchestration, Horn Arrangements
Bobby Colomby Composer, Producer, Horn Arrangements
Bud Harner Management
Kevin Killen Engineer
Teddy Mulet Orchestration, Horn Arrangements
David Rideau Engineer
Bobby Columby Producer, Orchestration
Chris Bellman Mastering
Carla Leighton Art Direction
Adam Barber Orchestration
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jeff Lorber

    One of the most influential jazz/fusion pioneers (besides Miles Davis of course) returns with stunning album. "He Had A Hat" is Jeff Lorber's finest CD to date. Lorber has combined big band and swing elements, with the contemporary vocal stylings of Eric Benet and Jeff's own fusion signature sound creating almost a new genre. I like to call it Lounge/Fusion

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Suberb! Lorber's best playing...ever!

    HE HAD A HAT is an incredibly original, entertainingly diverse, cohesive body of music. On 13 tracks, styles range from contemporary jazz to hard bop and plenty of Lorbers signature funky fusion vibe. The All Star lineup bring their best playing game to the project. Featured vocalist Eric Benet sings the 1971 Bill Withers classic GRANDMAS HANDS. Paula Cole duets with Benet on her original song THE OTHER SIDE OF THE HEART written with Lorber for the album. Powerhouse horn ensembles are arranged by the masterful Tom Scott. Lorber himself takes a turn at arranging for a horn section on SUPER FUSION UNIT. World famous orchestrator Jeremy Lubbock fills out the lush sound experience on ANTHEM FOR A NEW AMERICA. With Tom Scotts killer horn arrangements ALL MOST BLUES harkens back to jazz of the early 60s reflecting a Miles Davis mood. Lorber indulges in some BC BOP inspired by the chord changes of Charlie Parkers Confirmation. Featuring Randy Breckers hot trumpet, SURREPTITIOUS shows off that tight horn section and Lorbers incredible keyboards, pulling off a cool Herbie Hancock vibe. On ORCHID, Chris Botti composed and creates a compelling mood performing on trumpet. The CD features Lorbers best playing ever it is free, open, inventive, expressive, adventurous, unencumbered, and soulful. Everything was recorded live with very organic instruments, not very much synthesis at all. Harmony is awesome throughout - it is evident that much focus has been placed on all things harmony! Something very special is happening here. Can you say Grammy ?!

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