Jeff Lorber - Now Is The Time (CD)

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By the late 1970s, keyboardist and composer Jeff Lorber had become a prominent figure in the new movement known as jazz fusion – a marriage of traditional jazz with elements of rock, R&B, funk and other electrified sounds. Lorber and his band, the Jeff Lorber Fusion, first honed their craft in the Portland, Oregon, club scene and rapidly expanded their reach to a national and international audience via a combination of complex harmonies, unconventional time signatures and compelling rhythms. In subsequent years, Lorber dropped the term “fusion” from his billing as the movement evolved into what is currently known as contemporary jazz. Still, he continued to explore the innovative, improvisational potential of grafting other musical forms to the jazz idiom
  1. Performer
  2. Jazz Instrument
  3. Fusion
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Now Is The Time
Country of Origin
USA / Canada
Heads Up Records/Umg

Down Beat (p.65) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] standout among the 11 tracks is the new JLF's muscular reading of Wayne Shorter's 'Mysterious Traveler.'"
JazzTimes (p.75) - "Lorber's fusion will be comfortable to his fans, via his contemporary jazz romps that don't sacrifice all-important improvisation."

  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Rain Dance / Wanna Fly
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Dr.Moy
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Pixel
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Sugar Free
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Mysterious Traveller
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Curtains / Before We Go
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Black Ice
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Las Rosas
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Chinese Medicinal Herbs
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Water Sign
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Sumatra
Songs / Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Rain Dance/Wanna Fly
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Dr. Moy
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Pixel
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Sugar Free
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Mysterious Traveller
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Curtains/Before We Go
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Black Ice
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Las Rosas
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Chinese Medicinal Herbs
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Water Sign
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Sumatra
Release Date
28 June 2010
Jeff Lorber made a very honest statement when, in 1998, he told the Houston Chronicle that the mid-'80s found him featuring R&B vocalists so prominently that he had become, in effect, "a sideman on my own records." Lorber wasn't saying that he would never feature vocalists again, but he obviously realized that his own musicianship and his own personality needed to take center stage instead of being merely a side dish -- and thankfully, Lorber the jazz instrumentalist made an exciting comeback in the '90s and continued to generate excitement in the 21st century. 2010's Now Is the Time, in fact, is credited to the Jeff Lorber Fusion -- which is appropriate because parts of this album find him revisiting fusion and crossover jazz pieces he originally recorded in the late '70s and early '80s. Now Is the Time isn't totally instrumental; four of the 11 tracks feature singer Irene B ("Water Sign," "Rain Dance/Wanna Fly," "Sugar Free," and "Curtains/Before We Go"), and she favors an enjoyably jazzy R&B vocal style along the lines of Erykah Badu and N'Dea Davenport. So what is the difference between the way Lorber features Irene on Now Is the Time and the way he featured, for example, Karyn White and Michael Jeffries on 1986's Private Passion? It's a matter of presentation. Irene is clearly a guest vocalist on a mostly instrumental album that is jazz-oriented even though it isn't jazz-exclusive, and Lorber (who produced this 47-minute CD with Bobby Colomby and Yellowjackets bassist Jimmy Haslip) never sounds like a sideman on his own album. Lorber is in the driver's seat; he has plenty of room to stretch out as a keyboardist, and there is also plenty of solo space for alto/soprano saxophonist Eric Marienthal. Now Is the Time is hardly the work of a jazz purist or a bop snob, but it certainly has a jazz improviser's mentality, and Lorber sees to it that his 2010 versions of Jeff Lorber Fusion gems like "Black Ice" and "Chinese Medicinal Herbs" are not carbon copies of the original versions. That sprit of improvisation prevails not only on the Jeff Lorber Fusion-era material he revisits, but also, on an appealing arrangement of Wayne Shorter's Weather Report-associated "Mysterious Traveler." Now Is the Time is a fine album that will easily appeal to those who appreciate the spontaneity of early efforts like Water Sign and Soft Space. ~ Alex Henderson
47m 36s
Audio Format
PCM Audio
Studio / Live
Video Disabled
Jeff Lorber Fusion
  1. Lorber, Jeff
Date Released
2010-06-28 00:00:00
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