Heard That

Heard That

by Jeff Lorber
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Heard That

It was some measure of the peculiarities of music marketing that 2008's Heard That, veteran keyboardist Jeff Lorber's debut for Peak Records, was categorized as "contemporary jazz," even though its musical style was essentially the same brand of pop-jazz fusion he had been playing since his first recording more than three decades earlier. But it was also some measure of the state of jazz itself, which arguably not only had not "progressed" since 1977, but had actually "regressed," with many musicians re-investigating the traditional jazz that preceded "contemporary jazz." Heard That was "contemporary jazz" in the sense that nothing had come along that was any more modern than what Lorber and his associates came up with originally. Still, a listener encountering this album without any foreknowledge would be likely to take in the popping basslines, wah-wah guitar riffs, funk rhythms, occasional R&B vocals, and, of course, the leader's melodic soloing, usually on the electronic piano, and suppose that the 1970s never ended. A technical exception to that impression might come with the second track, Lorber's version of Amy Winehouse's hit "Rehab." But, of course, that tune itself sounds like something from the '60s, in particular the Ramsey Lewis jazz/pop hit "The In Crowd," a song Lorber covered already. On the disc, Lorber collaborated closely with Rex Rideout, who co-produced with him and even joined in on keyboards, here and there, such that it was impossible to tell which of them was playing at any given moment. But the result still sounded like Lorber. Maybe the time had come to invent a new name for music played in this style. Could there be such a thing as "retro-contemporary jazz"? If so, it might sound like this.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/30/2008
Label: Peak Records
UPC: 0888072307247
catalogNumber: 30724
Rank: 55923

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jeff Lorber   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Electric Bass,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,fender rhodes,Synthesizer Bass,wah wah guitar,Wurlitzer
Gerald Albright   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Guest Appearance
Gary Meek   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Alex Al   Bass,Bass Guitar,Fills
Rick Braun   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Soloist
Darrell Crooks   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Paul Jackson   Guitar,Soloist
Ron King   Trumpet
Rex Rideout   Bass,Drums,Bass Guitar,Keyboards
Lil John Roberts   Drums
Dave Weckl   Drums
Mike White   Drums
Tony Moore   Drums
Lauren Evans   Vocals
Phillip "Taj" Jackson   Vocals
Paul Rayner-Brown   Guitar
Tony Moore   Drums
Chelsea Nicole   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Gerald Albright   Engineer
Jeff Lorber   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Orchestration,Horn Arrangements,Audio Production
Bud Harner   Management
Dennis Moody   Engineer
Rex Rideout   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Orchestration,Horn Arrangements,Audio Production
Dave Weckl   Engineer
Mark Wexler   Executive Producer
Andi Howard   Executive Producer
Lauren Evans   Composer
Vikki Hart   Cover Photo
Eric Darius   Composer
Phillip "Taj" Jackson   Composer
Christopher Gray   Art Direction

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Heard That 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
SmoothJazzReviews.net More than 1 year ago
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.

Track ratings:
Come On up 4
Rehab 5
Don¿t Hold Back 4
You Got Something 3
Gamma Rays 3
Don¿t Stop 3
The Bomb 4
Take Control 4
Night Sky 4
Heard That 4
Anonymous More than 1 year ago