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By the late 1970s, keyboardist and composer Jeff Lorber had become a prominent figure in the new movement known as jazz fusion – a marriage of traditional jazz with elements of rock, R&B, funk and other electrified sounds. Lorber and his band, the Jeff Lorber Fusion, first honed their craft in the Portland, Oregon, club scene and rapidly expanded their reach to a national and ... Read more in Amazon's Jeff Lorber Store

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  • Audio CD (9 April 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Music UK
  • ASIN: B000NJLLVU
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 223,060 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  4. Surreptitious 4:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. All Most Blues 4:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Orchid 3:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  8. The Other Side Of The Heart 5:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Hudson 3:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Super Fusion Unit 3:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Eye Tunes 3:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Requiem For Gandalf 3:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Burn Brightly 3:52£0.99  Buy MP3 

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By theno10attacker on 13 Feb. 2008
Format: Audio CD
I have always been a Jeff Lorber devotee; in particular I was consumed by his sojourn with Jeff Lorber Fusion and the products of that fine era such as Soft Space, Galaxian,Wizard Island and my personal fave, Water sign. This album has similar quality throughout. It is definitely in the same class ! Excellent changes in tempo and moods. Fast and furious at times and then smooth and thoughtful. You will not be disappointed with any track and will find yourself replaying over and over. Lorber still at the top of his game !!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John W. Kramer VINE VOICE on 6 July 2010
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What a great selection of cuts from Jeff Lorber. There's a real sense of joy, fun and urgency in these tunes. All good, no filler, but picks include Hudson, a great tune that really packs a punch, some great solos and refrains, reminiscent of Jeff's earliest works. Surreptitious is an excellent, top drawer slice of jazz-funk as was. Some great classic electric keyboard sounds. Definitely an album to raise the spirits!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By paulonbass on 1 Dec. 2007
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I think this is probably Jeff Lorber's greatest album to date. With the exception of Grandma's Hands, every track is a masterpiece. Listening to this album will change your life. For the better.
It's everything, funky, clever etc etc. Click on buy now and do yourself a favour. You wont be disappointed.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Smoothjazz.com Review 4 April 2007
By Sandy Shore - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Have you ever dropped by one of your favorite restaurants, and then just been blown away by some delectable new recipe on the menu? You thought you knew what to expect, but this turned out to be such an extraordinary surprise that you couldn't wait to tell all your friends. That's exactly how I'm feeling about composer, producer, and keyboard legend Jeff Lorber's HE HAD A HAT. It's fresh. It's different. It's varied. It's astoundingly good! From the first lush chords of the inspiring "Anthem for a New America" to the last reverberations of the fusion-funk "Burn Brightly," this album, produced by Bobby Colomby (BS&T), is incredible in its depth, energy, and organic ensemble work, featuring a true who's who of contemporary jazz (Randy Brecker, Chris Botti, Tom Scott, Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, Hubert Laws, Paul Jackson, Jr., Russell Malone, Brian Bromberg, and Dave Weckl are just some of the players). This is one of those projects that absolutely inspires me with its creativity and power. To quote Jeff, "I'm making a quantum shift on HE HAD A HAT because I felt it was time to shake things up a bit...the timing is perfect because I get the sense that a lot of people are looking for something unique and different out there." Yes we are, Jeff, and you have magnificently delivered what I predict right now will be one of the best, if not the best, contemporary jazz albums of 2007! ~SCOTT O'BRIEN
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Finally he's back! 17 May 2007
By jazzyeric - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I've followed this guy since day one and even attended the same music school, mainly because he (and other great players) went there. It used to be that the name Jeff Lorber caused everyone to immediately imagine flames coming off the keyboards. On his earlier albums, which I still listen to A LOT, Jeff would simply sit down at the keyboards then "play his butt off". If you like funky fusion and you haven't heard his 25+ year-old Wizard Island album, then you haven't really heard funky fusion. There were no computers or other gimmicks. It was just smokin' music complete with rippin' solos. Kenny G. was the Sax player. But believe me, it wasn't the watered down Kenny G. that you're likely familiar with.

But, something happened. I guess it was the "smooth jazz" revolution and/or possibly all of the production projects that Jeff does. The fiery performances were replaced by very safe, very diatonic, and in my opinion, very vanilla background music. As a result, I stopped buying Jeff's records, which is something that I never thought that I'd do. But, it seemed that he simply lost his chops or at least felt that playing a be-bob line or a hip diminished scale pattern would get him kicked off smooth radio. My hero was gone. No more solos to transcribe. No more fire.

Maybe the popularity of satellite radio has changed this. I don't know. But, I do know that Jeff can still "play his butt off" as he demonstrates so on this CD. Sure, he still has some of the watered down stuff in there, but he's included enough heat to cause me to immediately pick up a copy and start jammin' again with the old Jeff.

Jeff, there are a lot of us out here who simply want to hear you play without holding back anymore. Hopefully, the success of this recording will help reinforce the validity of what I'm saying. I haven't been this excited about a Jeff Lorber release in years.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
It will grow on You 1 May 2007
By Edward Maxwell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Have you ever had a CD that you started to play and just felt like it was strictly average, only to play it a second time when you are in tune to find out that the music was really good?

That is what this CD did for me. I did not fully appreciate it the first time I played it but then I had a chance to not be distracted and the music was simply awesome.

From start to finish this CD takes you through several transitions from Smooth Jazz to Be Bop to Old school and back to Smooth Jazz. And boy does it have a flair. Jeff has outdone himself this time. The CD is really really well constructed and well put together. It is like fine wine that gets better everytime you hear it.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Superb! Lorber's best playing ever! 19 April 2007
By Anne A - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I don't know about you, but every time I hear there's a new Jeff Lorber CD, great anticipation builds as I wonder what he'll do next to top the previous recording. Without fail, in my humble opinion, on each new CD, Jeff brings us to the new cutting edge of musical ideas, with fresh, inventive performances, A-List players, top quality production, and masterful compositions. The extraordinary new CD titled "He Had A Hat" continues the adventure.

"He Had A Hat" is an incredibly original, entertainingly diverse, cohesive body of music. On 13 tracks, styles range from contemporary jazz to hard bop and plenty of Lorber's signature funky fusion vibe. The All Star lineup bring their best playing game to the project, with excellent performances by Gerald Albright, Brian Bromberg, Chris Botti, Randy Brecker, Tom Scott, Kirk Whalum, Hubert, Laws, Alex Al, Vinnie Colaiuta, Russell Malone, Paul Brown, Dave Weckl, Bob Sheppard, Paul Jackson Jr., Abraham Laboriel Jr., Tom Scott and the Blood, Sweat & Tears horn section.

Featured vocalist Eric Benét sings the 1971 Bill Withers' classic "Grandma's Hands." Paula Cole duets with Benét on her original song "The Other Side of the Heart" written with Lorber for the album. Powerhouse horn ensembles are arranged by the masterful Tom Scott. Lorber himself takes a turn at arranging for a horn section on "Super Fusion Unit". World famous orchestrator Jeremy Lubbock fills out the lush sound experience on "Anthem for a New America."

With Tom Scott's killer horn arrangements, "All Most Blues" harkens back to jazz of the early `60s reflecting a Miles Davis mood. Lorber indulges in some "BC Bop" inspired by the chord changes of Charlie Parker's "Confirmation." Featuring Randy Brecker's hot trumpet, "Surreptitious" shows off that tight horn section and Lorber's incredible keyboards, pulling off a cool Herbie Hancock vibe.

The CD features Lorber's best playing ever - it is free, open, inventive, expressive, adventurous, unencumbered, and soulful. He attributes the expanse of his playing to the collaborative process involved in creating this album. Mixed by Paul Brown and produced by Blood, Sweat & Tears original drummer Bobby Colomby. The music sounds more spontaneous. Everything was recorded live with very organic instruments, not very much synthesis at all. It sounds like a lot of attention has been paid to harmony - brilliantly done throughout the album!

On "Orchid," Chris Botti composed and creates a compelling mood performing on trumpet. Lorber says Botti came up with the melody on the spot. In fact, Lorber previously worked with Bobby Colomby on two of Chris Botti's groundbreaking CDs. That high level of excellence is what Colomby and Lorber strove to achieve on "He Had A Hat." Mission accomplished, Gentlemen! Something very special is happening here. Can you say "Grammy"?!!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Hats off to you Jeff! 25 April 2007
By Sherman L. Dantzler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have been listening to Jeff Lorber every since the late 70's and he has come full circle now in the world of Jazz. Back then as with this current release "He had a Hat" Jeff shows his great versatility and musical ability. If you are a modern jazz lover with some old school longings, this project should bring a smile to your heart as it did mine.

From Fusion to Funk to Blues to Be-Bop to Contemporary to Cool to Smooth and back to Fusion, Jeff puts it all together. The title cut and `Burn Brightly' are straight up Jeff Lorber funky fusion jams. On the jazzy side of things, old school jazz enthusiasts will enjoy `All Most Blues' and `BC Bop'. Others will groove with the Up-Tempo `Hudson' and `Surreptitious' (It is not a secret anymore Jeff). For those in a mellow mood take note of the smooth sound of 'Orchid' and the laid back vocals of Paula Cole and Eric Benet on `The Other side of the Heart'.

Jeff Lorber and producer Bob Colomby assembles an outstanding group of musicians for the project that includes trumpeter Chris Botti, bassists Brian Bromberg and Alex Al, guitarists Paul Jackson Jr, Russell Malone and few licks from Paul Brown (and some great mixing work). In addition, there is the saxophone entourage of Kirk Whalum, Tom Scott, Gerald Albright, Bob Sheppard and Randy Brecker, the horn section of Blood Sweat and Tears, flutist Hubert Laws, percussionist Lenny Castro and a host of talented drummers.

You will enjoy this collaboration and the bonus tract `Deep into the Night', Hats off to you Jeff! ~the JazzeOne
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