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5.0 out of 5 stars An Early Jeff Lorber Masterpiece,
Another bandleader doing something similar was Jeff Lorber. Credited with introducing us to Kenny G and Dave Koz, Jeff Lorber Fusion used R&B and funk melodies to fuse with jazz. I have no doubt that this is what led to contemporary jazz, and today's smooth jazz, which is nothing more than further attempts to commercialize jazz by merging it with Motown, R&B, and popular music of the day.
On the CD, "Soft Space", Lorber is re-joined by his nucleus, Dennis Bradford (drums), Terry Lane (sax & flute), Lester McFarland (bass), Ron Young (percussion). Special guests include Chick Corea, Joe Farrell (guitar), and Bruce Smith (drummer)who also played with the R&B group, Pleasure. This electrifying recording sizzles from the first note, and never loses its creative energy. If you liek your jazz with a little funk, enjoy syncopation and lots of Fender Rhodes, this will make a nice addition to your collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars We've waited so long...,
I can't say how long I waited for Soft Space to be released on CD - guess it took nearly thirty years. However, I can see the difficulty of getting the analog-to-digital production values right. The dynamic range on the original vinyl is spectacularly broad, which is a big part of what makes this album pop. It seems as if it may be difficult to let fly the true dynamic range on a digital system. Obviously the conversion of such a masterpiece required careful attention to every detail to avoid saturation, distortion or simple lack of authenticity. Curtains is a good example of a song that lives to be played exclusively on vinyl.
Nonetheless, I prize my digital version of Soft Space almost as much as the original.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Jazz Fusion,
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Album,
This review is from: Soft Space (MP3 Music)Jeff Lorber never disappoints. Great compilation of excellent songs. I think I have all Jeff's albums, and this will keep me buying more.
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any jazz recording collection,
This recording is a must have for any jazz lover.
5.0 out of 5 stars Sizzling,Electric Second Outing From Jeff Lorber,
This album showcases a far slicker production and a fuller musical sound than the more small group,live band approach of their debut. Using a mixture of the moog and the Oberheim 4 voice polyphonic synthesizer Lorber is able to create a certain type of electronic orchestration on some of the slower,jazzier tracks such as "Katherine" and the title song that add an otherworldly quality to the sound. But opening with the afro latin,Guero drenched sound of "The Samba",the early RTF influnece is apparent. On the melodic jazz-funk workout "Black Ice" Joe Farrell lays into the groove with such ease that he seems to be a regular member of the band. Joe and Jeff definitely have an instrumental flow going for them. And there's more of that sound to come right after with "Curtains" and "Proteus",two more percussive,fast paced jazz/funk fusions. The album ends with "Swing Funk",just out and out funk where Jeff tries to see what kind of sound will be produced by multi tracking a couple synthesizer solos playing similar melodic themes. They result is thick,layered grooves.
While both this and his debut Jeff Lorber Fusion contain nothing but first rate music,this album comes at you with more bite overall. Lorber's solo's show a lot more flair and individuality. And the overall sound of the record is a lot more studiocentric too. Considering their first album was made by a group of relatively new up and comers trying to make music that could translate best live on stage,Jeff Lorber and his band were here beginning to realize the possibilities of the studio to a greater degree. The live instrumental quality is definitely present. It is a key factor in the sound of the Jeff Lorber Fusion. But everyone involved in this album really get into the spirit of recording by applying multi track techniques-looking to use them to create new sounds and textures to support their melodic and rhythmic musical concepts. Their future would find them greater success on Arista and in time a more streamlined sound. But the roots of that studio element in Lorber's sound really begins to take hold right here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jeff Lorber Soft Soft Space,
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