Archive for October 13th, 2011

Jeff Lorber Fusion – Galaxy

Trailblazing keyboardist/composer/producer Jeff Lorber revisits a sound he helped pioneer on his latest recording, Galaxy, set for release in Germany November 4th, 2011, in USA on January 31, 2012, on Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group. Yellowjackets’ bassist Jimmy Haslip joins him in this 21st century version of the Jeff Lorber Fusion along with saxophonist Eric Marienthal, trumpeter Randy Brecker, percussionist Lenny Castro, guitarists Paul Jackson Jr. and Larry Koonse, and drummers Vinnie Colaiuta and Dave Weckl. Haslip also co-produced the album and co-wrote five tunes with Lorber.

“What I like about working with Jimmy is he’s very intuitive,” says Lorber. “It’s often hard for me to wear so many hats so I really count on him for advice. I have a lot of confidence in him and really trust him. He has a good big picture sensibility, and he really loves the whole recording process, like I do.”

“Coming into the project, I felt like Jeff was plugged in with an explosive energy,” Haslip says. “He was writing up a storm. I just wanted to help in any way I could. Jeff is an incredible producer, and I learned a lot working with him.”

Following up on his GRAMMY®-nominated 2010 release, Now Is The Time, Lorber again culls from his early catalog but gives a fresh approach to some of his most highly requested compositions, including “Wizard Island,” “City,” “The Samba” and “The Underground.”

“Essentially this album is a part two,” Lorber says. “It features the same rhythm section, but it’s even more into the jazz fusion direction. It’s more energetic and the performances are tighter.”

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Terry Wollman – Buddhas’s Ear

Raised in Miami, graduated in Boston and working in L.A. guitarist and producer Terry Wollman combines talent, desire and passion to create mesmerizing music for connoisseurs of fine art. With his Latin flavored debut album Bimini (1986) he received first acclaims. His second album Say Yes (1998) impressed with great music performed by top-notched musicians. Buddha’s Ear (2011) is Terry’s return to smooth jazz and beyond.

As on his previous releases he is joined by professional musicians like John (JR) Robinson, Abraham Laboriel, Luis Conte, Greg Manning, Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair, Keb’ Mo’, Melanie Taylor and Melissa Manchester. All music was composed, arranged and produced by Terry Wollman with the exception of Mandela and Right Where You Are, co-composed with other musicians.

Terry opens the door to his exotic music world with Mandela, a song committed to Carter Mandela Moore. A mélange of Kalimba, wood flute and sax crescendo introduces into the lead melody masterly interpreted by Terry on acoustic guitar. Mindi Abair directs to the world music bridge and intertwines with the guitars of Terry and Keb’ Mo’.

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