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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Jeff Lorber's label debut on Samson Records is a typical jazz fusion effort that will sound familiar to fans of his band of the 1970s and '80s, the Jeff Lorber Fusion. Teaming with co-writer/producer/arranger Steve Dubin, Lorber constructs a series of upbeat rhythm tracks over which he plays melodically on either acoustic piano or Fender Rhodes electric. He is joined on nearly every track by a guest saxophonist and/or guitarist. Tenor saxophonist Gerald Albright sits in on "Snakebite," "Keep That Same Ol' Feelin'," and "Kickin' It" with guitarist Stuart Wylen; soprano saxophonist Dave Koz on "Happy Endings" with guitarist Michael Landau and "The Bijou"; tenor ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Jeff Lorber's label debut on Samson Records is a typical jazz fusion effort that will sound familiar to fans of his band of the 1970s and '80s, the Jeff Lorber Fusion. Teaming with co-writer/producer/arranger Steve Dubin, Lorber constructs a series of upbeat rhythm tracks over which he plays melodically on either acoustic piano or Fender Rhodes electric. He is joined on nearly every track by a guest saxophonist and/or guitarist. Tenor saxophonist Gerald Albright sits in on "Snakebite," "Keep That Same Ol' Feelin'," and "Kickin' It" with guitarist Stuart Wylen; soprano saxophonist Dave Koz on "Happy Endings" with guitarist Michael Landau and "The Bijou"; tenor saxophonist Steve Cole on "Chopsticks"; soprano saxophonist Gary Meek on "Reflections" with Wylen and "What It Is"; and tenor saxophonist Richard Elliot on "The 'In' Crowd." Lorber cedes considerable space to his guests, but he still finds room for his own improvisations. He also brings in a horn section on several cuts, notably "Keep That Same Ol' Feelin'," which sounds enough like a lost Steely Dan track that you keep expecting Donald Fagen to start singing on instead of Siedah Garrett, who intones the repeated lines "Keep on/Keep that same ol' feelin'." "Ain't Nobody" is the 1983 Rufus and Chaka Khan hit, here rendered with an appropriately funky feel, and "The 'In' Crowd" is, of course, the 1965 Ramsey Lewis Trio hit, a nod to an obvious predecessor of Lorber's. The keyboardist slows the pace for "Reflections," but most of these tracks are lively pieces with lots of interplay that is only ended when they fade out.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/2/2004
  • Label: Narada
  • UPC: 724387433724
  • Catalog Number: 74337
  • Sales rank: 5,739

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Snakebite - John Roberts (4:17)
  2. 2 Ain't Nobody (3:54)
  3. 3 Happy Endings - Michael Landau (4:25)
  4. 4 Chopsticks - John Roberts (3:58)
  5. 5 Keep That Same Ol' Feelin' - John Roberts (4:33)
  6. 6 Reflections (4:40)
  7. 7 The Bijou - John Roberts (4:52)
  8. 8 Kickin' It - John Roberts (4:08)
  9. 9 The "In" Crowd - John Roberts (4:05)
  10. 10 What It Is - John Roberts (4:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jeff Lorber Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Guitar, Piano, fender rhodes, Synthesizer Bass
Siedah Garrett Vocals
Gerald Albright Tenor Saxophone, Wah Wah Sax
Richard Elliot Tenor Saxophone
Dave Koz Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Gary Meek Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
John Roberts Drums
Alex Al Bass, Bass Guitar
Lenny Castro Percussion
Gary Grant Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Jerry Hey Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Dan Higgins Flute, Saxophone
Ron King Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Muted Trumpet
Michael Landau Guitar, Electric Guitar, Guitar (Nylon String)
Tony Maiden Guitar
Lil John Roberts Drums
Wah-Wah Watson Guitar
Stuart Wylen Guitar
Steve Cole Tenor Saxophone
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
John Roberts Track Performer
Technical Credits
Dave Koz Saxophone Arrangement
Jeff Lorber Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Steve Dubin Arranger, Composer, Producer, drum programming, Audio Production
Jerry Hey Horn Arrangements, keyboard arrangements
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
David Rideau Engineer
Janet Wolsborn Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The legend stands still...

    There was a time when a few ''white people'' managed to play on ''black stations'' .At that time a few jazz people had nothing but a dream and a feeling.We can call everything said so far to what is being called now ''smooth jazz'' with many stations around and so widespread.Lorber was there is still here.He is a pure example of what longevity in a career is all about.Then and now... You know what I mean... the legend stands still!

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