Three heavyweights of contemporary jazz joined to form the supergroup Jazz Funk Soul, keyboardist Jeff Lorber, guitarist Chuck Loeb and sax player Everette Harp. Chuck Loeb has an affinity for collaborations such as Metro and Fourplay. He comments this new formation꞉ "Making this album seemed like a natural extension of the fun and high level of creativity that was taking place on stage each night." We will see concerts of this group in September, 2014.

On selected tracks the group is joined by Gary Nowak, Lionel Cordew and Brian Dunne (drums), Dave Mann (horns), Lenny Castro (percussion), James Genus and John Patitucci  (bass), A. Ray Fuller (rhythm guitar), Till Brönner (trumpet), and Mark Hollingsworth (flutes).

The album starts with Speed Of Light designed by Jeff Lorber to bring the skills of the trio in the foreground. Jeff Lorber gives his Rhodes a lead, while Harp adds the alto sax accentuated horn segment, finally Chuck Loeb decorates it with quick guitar chords in the style of Benson. If it ain’t got that swing, it don’t mean a thing. That's the simple reason, why Chuck serves Swingette. A piece with that jazzy extra꞉ Combine that heart swinging groove with a sophisticated harmonic palette (Loeb).

Speed is of course an important element among music professionals. Lorber pushes the tempo on Adrenaline with a synth bass and the others come into play on this level. The instrumental ballade Silent Partner features Everette Harp on EWI, this Electronic Wind Instrument gives the melody a particularly soft tone. Telephone finds Lorber and Harp in collaboration for a lively exuberant piece.

While We Were There starts as a horn arranged tune in the style of Tower of Power with Till Brönner's fine muted trumpet Lorber and Loeb add their own notes and control. Jeff, we need a little Rain Dance. Jeff delivers and Chuck has his playground for Line Drive. Even music is a Serious Business and the song is the first single for all radio stations. An energetic tune with the right power.

For lovers of smooth jazz the group serves up the ultra mellow D.C. featuring Everette Harp on soprano sax. There is nothing new under the heaven of jazz rock. But Raccoon is brilliantly performed and so the band reaches the entertaining effect with the good old technique.

With Jazz, Funk, Soul Jeff Lorber, Chuck Loeb and Everette Harp unites their skills to create something that is greater than the sum of its participants. Making some impact on fellow musicians and audience is all they want to do.







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Album Information

Title: Jazz Funk Soul
Artist: Jazz Funk Soul
Year: 2014
Length: 0:49:04
Genre: General Jazz
Label: Shanachie Entertainment

01 Speed of Light [4:31]
02 Swingette [5:09]
03 Adrenaline [4:29]
04 Silent Partner [6:25]
05 Telephone [4:26]
06 We Were There [5:49]
07 Line Drive [4:27]
08 Serious Business [4:34]
09 D.C. [4:15]
10 Raccoon [4:58]