Jeff Lorber – Heard That

Jeff Lorber
Heard That
Peak Records – 2008
Ray Redmond

Over three decades after he broke out of the Portland scene as leader of the pioneering Jeff Lorber Fusion, the ‘godfather of smooth’ maintains that soulful momentum on his new release Heard That.

Joined by one of urban jazz’s top hit makers and sonic architects, Rex Rideout, the two meld their smooth-jazz talents (and minds) to spit out some truly grooving pop, jazz, R&B and blues-influenced tracks. There’s even a little flavor of the early Fusion releases!

Highlighted by the first track, a swinging, bluesy-brass twist on Amy Winehouse’s Grammy winning “Rehab,” Heard That features a typically vibrant Lorber all-star guest list, including trumpet great Rick Braun, guitarist Paul Jackson Jr., saxman Gary Meek, bassist Alex Al, trumpeter Ron King, guitarist Darrell Crooks and Peak label mate and sax icon Gerald Albright

Lorber has been touring throughout 2008 as part of ‘Guitars & Saxes’ with the likes of Gerald Albright, Jessy J, Jeff Golub and Peter White.

“The best part of recording Heard That was having the chance to work with and become friends and partners with Rex, who generously brought his talent and perspective to the project. Jazz thrives on being a collaborative medium and working with Rex was for me a great opportunity to learn and bring fn new ideas.” – Jeff Lorber

You expect good smooth from Lorber. You expect some serious groove from Rexrideout. The combination of the two? This one does NOT disappoint!