Contemporary jazz supergroup Jazz Funk Soul was founded by keyboardist Jeff Lorber, guitarist Chuck Loeb and sax player Everette Harp. Their same titled debut album 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 the group want to do.

More Serious Business is the title of their sophomore album. Their second project is supported by prolific musicians like Vinnie Colaiuta, Gary Novak and Michael White (drums), Michael Thompson and Paul Jackson Jr. (rhythm guitar), David Mann (sax and flutes), Ron Jenkins, Will Lee, Nathan East and Alex Al (bass), Lenny Castro and Kevin Richards (percussion), Harry Kim and Trevor Neumann (trumpet), and Darryl Crooks (Wah­guitar).

Our Thing is the acoustic statement for smooth jazz. Up-tempo, dynamic and a hooking melody. Propelled by Vinnie's drums the trio shows how brilliant performance in fast pace sounds. On Connections the group serves a heartfelt melody in a Fourplay style. Tuesday Swings jumps into a groovy music with Everette Harp's fantastic horn arrangement.

Fall Departs walks on the borderline of smooth jazz and contemporary jazz with an unconventional melodic line and several improvising spots. On the fast paced Gamblin' arrangement fulminates with Everette power sax to a high explosive mixture.

The title Timmendorfer By The Sea suggests the proximity to the German Baltic Sea beach. But the flavor of the music settles the piece more in Spanish realms. More Serious Business reveals the trios' affinity for up-tempo breathtaking sound. Lorber brings a vintage retro feeling with the Hammond B3. The Love offers an oasis of relaxing bliss with a fine horn sequence.

You'll Know When You Know is outstanding in the overall view of the album with Alex Al's luminous bass solo and the funky attitude. Also striking is Lorber's resounding synth bass on the final Crusher and for sure his Rhodes running.

More Serious Business is the smooth alternative to Step It Up. Taste is arguing, but not about the outstanding quality of this album.








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Album Information

Title: More Serious Business
Artist: Jazz Funk Soul
Year: 2016
Length: 0:50:51
Genre: General Jazz
Label: Shanachie

01 Our Thing [4:03]
02 Connections [5:16]
03 Tuesday Swings [5:52]
04 Fall Departs [5:24]
05 Gamblin' [4:07]
06 Timmendorfer By The Sea [5:50]
07 More Serious Business [5:14]
08 The Love [5:17]
09 You'll Know When You Know [4:58]
10 Crusher [4:50]