music career of Portland, Oregon native Jeff Lorber
continues to flourish into his 25th year of recording a
catalog of compelling music for fans to enjoy. He’s given us
everything from the jazz-fusion vibe to R&B and most currently
smoothjazz. In the New Year Lorber returns by taking us on a
sensuous urban musical journey that will definitely please his
smoothjazz audience and possibly disappoint others along the way with
his latest project titled “Flipside” on Narada Jazz.
As one of the music industry’s most respected musicians Jeff Lorber
continues to play a pivotal role in the smoothjazz genre; his
trademark sound is undoubtedly and fundamentally in tack. However, his
latest offering “Flipside” is quite frankly in the same
ballpark of familiarity as his previous projects. Now, that’s
obviously not bad for those that desire similarity. What’s most
pleasing to me is the fact that the music is all original and that
there are no covers or vocals on“Flipside”, in all due respect this could be worth
the price of admission.
No doubt, Jeff’s grooves are certainly tight throughout “Flipside”.
The talented first call players on hand nailed every track as
expected.As I listen to
these hip radio friendly urban flavored grooves I can only imagine
that Lorber has indeed fulfilled his goal with the music
composed for the “Flipside”.
Please understand if you will that there are still thousands of folks
from back in the day that cherished the sweet and zesty fusion vibes
by Lorber on such notable records like Soft Space, Water
Sign, and Wizard Island etc. These jams had a profound
impact on the souls of fusion lovers everywhere. Yes, there was and
still is hope for a revival of Lorber’s music to become more
daring and rejuvenating in the future, (his music can still be
accessible with this content) after all he’s got the skills to
do it. Unfortunately this didn’t happen with the music on “Flipside”
at least not for me. Apparently Jeff Lorber enjoys the fruits
of success as being a prominent voice and leader of smoothjazz genre,
with this in mind this concept fits perfectly into the mold of why so
many of his beloved fans are smiling with every stroke on the keys
with the music on the “Flipside”.