Jeff Lorber Fusion – Step It Up

Fresh off collaborations with Chuck Loeb and Carol Duboc, Jeff Lorber is at it again, this time with Jimmy Haslip as his co-producer. Step It Up by Jeff Lorber Fusion (Heads Up International, 2015) continues Lorber’s tradition multi-genre excellence.

Lorber handles keyboards, and on selected tracks some combination of guitar, bass and Moog bass. Haslip handles bass on all but one track. Other musicians who contribute are Ash Soan, drums; Gary Meek, tenor and soprano saxophones; David Mann, horn section and horn arrangement; Lenny Castro, congas; Paul Jackson Jr., guitar; Claus Martin, sequences; Vinnie Colaiuta, drums; Bob Mintzer, tenor saxophone; Michael Thompson, guitar; Robben Ford, guitar; Gary Novak, drums; and Larry Koonse, guitar.

The set begins with the lively “Get Up.” Aided by Soan, Meek, Mann and Castro, Lorber and Haslip thrill. The title could be a command to the audience to get up out of your seats and dance. It’s a bright, put a smile on your face song, highlighted by a few phrases where Lorber opts for the piano.

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