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Jeff Lorber

Some three decades after breaking funky R&B-jazz ground as leader of the pioneering Jeff Lorber Fusion, the Philly- born and bred composer, producer and keyboard legend still believes in the element of surprise. Riffing quite literally on the title of his 2005 Grammy-nominated recording Flipside, Lorber stretches beyond his comfort zone on He Had a Hat, a distinctively eclectic “player's session” with a batch of contemporary jazz's most exciting artists. The disc marks his first recording under Narada Jazz's new affiliation with the Blue Note label.

Long considered one of modern music's most adventurous players and performers, Lorber goes full throttle on He Had a Hat, taking a freewheeling, stylistically varied approach as whimsical as the collection's title (a punchline from a beloved old Borscht Belt joke). Over the course of 13 tracks, the keyboardist pays homage to a wide range of his favorite influences, tapping into everything from gospel and brass-driven old school jazz-fusion to smoky and sultry Miles Davis-flavored moods, hard driving bebop, swinging jazz and, of course, his more familiar funk-jazz vibe.

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Albums

Galaxy
Galaxy
Heads Up International
2012
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Now Is The Time
Now Is The Time
Heads Up International
2010
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Heard That
Thrill Jockey
2008
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[no cover]
He Had A Hat
Thrill Jockey
2007
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[no cover]
Philly Style
Thrill Jockey
2003
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[no cover]
The Very Best Of
Thrill Jockey
2002
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