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2012 album from the trail-blazing keyboardist, composer and producer. On Galaxy, Jeff Lorber revisits a sound he helped pioneer. 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." Galaxy spotlights 11 originals - all instrumentals - that cover the scope of electrified Jazz. 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.


1. Live Wire
2. Big Brother
3. Montserrat
4. Singaraja
5. Galaxy
6. City
7. Horace (dedicated to Horace Silver)
8. The Samba featuring Larry Koonse
9. Rapids
10. Wizard Island
11. The Underground featuring Randy Brecker

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 31, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Heads Up
  • ASIN: B005TVI2WI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,356 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By P. Zachary Wolfe on November 14, 2012
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I think some reviewers here are getting too caught up in superficial aspects of the production and audio presentation of the album and concluding that it's "too smooth" for fusion. In reality this is a great modern fusion album in very much the same vein as Lorber's early fusion work. Sure, the instruments are more sophisticated and the production is well, more digital, this music is still a direct descendant of the stuff you'll hear on the original Jeff Lorber Fusion album from 1977. While you could argue whether this is "smooth jazz", "fusion", or whatever they're calling it these days, if you're a fan of Lorber's early work and you give this album an honest listen you'll probably end up digging it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By W. Bradley on February 5, 2012
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I have enjoyed Jeff Lorber's music since he first appeared on the scene in the late 1970s. Lorber seems to understand better than most contemporary jazz artists as to what sounds good and is musically intersting at the same time. My foundation is in bop but I like practically everything Lorber's done and Galaxy is no exception. I particulalry like his habit of going back and re-visiting some of his older tunes and puting "a fresh coat of paint" on them with interesting results. In this case he did that with "City" and "Wizard Island" and I like both renditions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Washburn on October 21, 2012
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Jeff Lorber chose an appropriate name for this new effort - the tunes resemble a flight into stellar territory. Highly recommended for those who crave a new experience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Mayo on September 7, 2012
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Album has some great grooves and layers. My faves are Big Brother and City, of course. JL likes to get into some high energy rhythms that will keep you moovin'. Many of his tunes have a Latin feel, which I like. Great sidemen, too! Very enjoyable, but not fusion in my book....
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John D. Greer on February 20, 2012
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If you are a smooth jazz fan (I am not) then get the album. If you are like me and still waiting for the real Jeff Lorber Fusion to show up you may want to hold off. I like that Jeff is trying to get back to his fusion roots but this album still lacks the punch, energy, funk, and emotion of this older stuff. Jeff I know you have to pay your bills but can you put one more CD out that is not so commercial? Get rid of the smooth if you want to really put out a fusion album!!!!! This is a pretty good album but nothing to get excited about if you think that so much smooth jazz lacks emotion and sounds a bit too sterile. Keep trying Jeff your getting closer to a real Jeff Lorber Fusion album. Your still playing it too safe. Safe and real jazz fusion should be used in the same sentence.
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Personally I'd been waiting for a long while for The Jeff Lorber Fusion concept to be revisited. Not only did it effectively introduce Lorder's musicianship and abilities to me from the outset,but was an excellent vehicle for his musical talents in general. A couple years ago when I learned The Jeff Lorber Fusion were getting back together with a new lineup,a new tour and a new album I was extremely excited by the prospect. However upon streaming their resulting album Now Is the Time,what I heard left me a bit cold. Perhaps if I revisited in sometime soon I'd feel differently. But it was hardly the great re-visitation that it could very easily have been. As with that album,this 2012 follow up is based primarily in Lorber's collaberation with former Yellowjacket's bassist/producer Jimmy Haslip. The main trio is rounded out by sax player Eric Marienthal as well as an expanded group of musicians with Randy Brecker,David Weckl Paul Jackson and drummer Vinnie Colaitua. All this superb musicianship and intention aside,what really makes this album is it's overall quality.

Right of the bat the album kicks of with "Live Wire",an extremely high octane jazz-funk dance number with this very aggressive bass bottom and some fiercely melodic soloing by Jeff and Eric. "Montserrat" and the title song keep this intense,rhythmic funk sound going for all they can can out of it. "Big Brother","Singaraja" and "Rapids" slow down the tempo just a bit to get deeper into the funk. Not only that but the instrumental improvisation are really worked much more strongly into the mix as well-with each piece bringing out the musical talents of everyone involved.
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By Peter J. Maerz on November 26, 2012
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In a lifetime of jazz love, I've dug everything from Ornette to Dave Weckl. The opening notes of this album gave me an "uh-oh" of smooth jazz alarm, but this side is anything but vapid. Yes, there are easy-going, pretty tracks, but beneath the smooth and shiny surface, there is some serious playing going on. Lorber blew me away with his solos. They are harmonically complex, boppishly swinging (if in straight four time), full of surprises and, at times, near-falls off the high-wire. Coliauta is a master at keeping the pot boiling with ever-evolving comping, while never coloring outside the lines; he cooks like crazy, but somehow manages to keep the lid on. The others in the ensemble contribute plenty too.

While all the tunes are ear-worm memorable, not all are particularly musically exciting as a whole, except perhaps for their arrangements and Lorber's aforementioned solos. But, to me, Montserrat is worth the price of admission. The coda is funky/hot enough to cause an accident in the trousers!

Enjoy this surprising side.
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