Hacienda

August 27, 2013 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: August 27, 2013
  • Release Date: August 27, 2013
  • Label: Heads Up
  • Copyright: (C) 2013 Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 56:09
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  • ASIN: B00EJ7JRLS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,696 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

And it sounded very good from the first listen too.
Andre S. Grindle
It is still a good buy, but I will have to temper my impulses going forward!
George A Mason
Also an astoundingly large percentage of "very good tunes".
Gerard

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Andre S. Grindle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 27, 2013
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Have to say I was incredibly impressed with The Jeff Lorber Fusion's previous release Galaxy. The more I listened to it,the better it got. And it sounded very good from the first listen too. That's a lot to say,especially for a musical veteran who could easily settle into a sound that is too comfortable and consequently lose his musical vitality. Not Jeff Lorber. With each successive new release I hear from him, he emerges as one of those artists in the spirit of The Crusaders who just get musically even better as time marches on. Reviving The Jeff Lorber Fusion was an excellent idea for the keyboard player instrumentally. While playing the instruments himself and utilizing session players has it's rewards, playing with a consistent band-be it a trio,quartet or beyond has it's advantages. It gives the bandleader an opportunity to musically challenge himself-presented with new ideas from musicians also looking for a challenging way to play. On this happily unexpected third installment from the revived edition of The Jeff Lorber Fusion, this band ethic is presented to it's fullest effect.

"Corinaldo" begins the album with a strong,hefty funk groove-full of drum and bass breaks galore from Paul Jackson and Jimmy Haslip-along with Lorber's facility on both synthesizer and electric piano. "Solar Wind" is a harmonically dynamic fusion number built around the virtuosic guitar talents of guitarist Larry Koonse. Another veteran virtuoso Jean-Luc Ponty shows up for a fantastic version of Frank Zappa's virtually genre defying "King Kong"-with vibist Ed Mann capturing the vigor of Ruth Underwood from the original. "The Steppe" is a very easy going and melodic jam.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ron Cronovich TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 15, 2013
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I've been a huge fan of Jeff since about 1980. Really love his early stuff. Then he put out a bunch of smooth jazz records; it's not my preferred genre, but these records were well-done with catchy melodies and nice grooves, as well as being very well-produced, and many had a couple vocal tracks.

Even while he was putting out smooth jazz records, his live shows were more fusion (with excellent funky grooves) with amazing musicianship and often no vocals. This tells me that Jeff loves this kind of music. His fans do, too: his concerts have always been extremely well received by fans and music critics.

Over the past few years, Jeff's records have been moving back toward JLF-style jazz-fusion (not Soft Space or Water Sign, but maybe Galaxian or It's a Fact). Jeff's last solo albums "He Had a Hat" (2007) and "Heard That" (2008) each had a few great JLF-style tracks mixed in with smooth jazz and a couple vocal smooth jazz tracks. Then he started releasing albums under the "Jeff Lorber Fusion" moniker for the first time in decades. The first two of these albums, "Now is the Time" (2010) and "Galaxy" (2012) were like "Heard That", with a mix of (somewhat smooth) JLF style tracks and smooth jazz vocal tracks.

That brings us to his 2013 release "Hacienda." This is the most JLF-like record he's released since the actual JLF days, in my opinion (again, don't expect Water Sign or Wizard Island). It's "smoother" than the old JLF, and more produced. But compared to any of Jeff's records in the past two decades, most of the tracks on Hacienda are more sophisticated, musically challenging, and rewarding for the listener. (It make take 2 or 3 listens to appreciate.) Plus, no vocal smooth jazz. The musicianship is excellent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barry Dale on October 20, 2013
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Awesome cd from Jeff Lober. I am always excited about Jeff's projects. One of the greatest jazz pianist to ever play. The musicianship is on this cd is mind blowing from beginning to end. Simply Amazing!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RocklinDave on October 13, 2013
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It may not be my favorite and it does sound a bit like the last two, but it covers enough new ground and has enough highlights to rate very high with me. I love the lack of vocals and the high energy. The musicianship is outstanding and the tunes memorable. Thanks again for a great trip! Maybe next time a bit more jazzy???

Update: I've now listened to the disk every day since I purchased it and it gets better each time! Outstanding energy and creativity. Thanks!

Update 2 - six months later: I am more impressed with this CD today than the day I bought it! I listen to it often and it just keeps getting better. It is definitely now my favorite Lorber CD of all time! Keep it up!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TRFB VINE VOICE on October 12, 2013
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This CD has a lot of my favorites, Eric Marienthal, Jimmy Haslip, Dave Weckl, Vinnie Coliuta, Gary Novak. The songs are well done. Reminds me of the music I grew up in the late 80's early 90's when the Wave had some of Contemporary Jazz' great artists. They need to give more airplay to artists like this. Jeff Lorber really breaks loose and his playing is so groovy and tasty.

Eric Marienthal is always amazing. He fits well with this trio (Jeff Lorber and Jimmy Haslip). These are no slouches when it comes to music. Great work. I think you'll enjoy this CD.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Ginocchio on September 25, 2013
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This is a great album. The first three tunes are more "fusion" than funky and after that it is all great grooves going forward. For a change Jeff has not done a remake of one of his previous JLF hits of the old days (love to here a remake of Magic Lady at some point), but after really liking "Galaxy"'s direction, Hacienda just keeps on going. There are no lame vocal tracks mixed in and most of the solo playing is top notch. Give Lorber credit for what he does best, write and play great grooves. You only have to look within the band to see the poor choices on miserable solo efforts of the past by Vinnie Coliuta and Jimmy Haslip to see that being a great player does not mean you will make great albums. Lorber went through a mediocre period but these last two albums and a good part of the one before are the best stuff he has made in many years. One other note is how much better Eric Marienthal is now as a player. After spending years as the weak link in Chick's Elektric Band, he came back a much better player after their long layoff when they made "To the Stars", albeit a weaker album for the group. Since then Marienthal has become one of the most tasteful and interesting sax players on the scene.
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