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Stern has fully mastered the electric guitar as a jazz instrument. Like contemporaries Pat Metheny and John McLaughlin, his solos replaced the acoustically oriented, horn-influenced styles of earlier jazz guitarists with the sustained tones, sliding phrases and power-driven sounds associated with rock.
—Los Angeles Times
Jeff Lorber Fusion
One of the early progenitors of what would come to be known as smooth jazz, pianist Jeff Lorber originally made his name in the ’70s and ’80s with his electric jazz outfit Jeff Lorber Fusion. As the name implies, Jeff Lorber Fusion initially took inspiration from such genre-bending icons as Horace Silver, Chick Corea, and the ’70s electrified sound of Miles Davis.
Some of the greatest names in jazz history deliver an unforgettable, electrifying performance.
Mike Stern is a six-time Grammy-nominated American jazz guitarist. To a generation of contemporary jazz guitar aficionados, he is regarded as one of the true guitar greats of his generation. A player of remarkable facility whose searing lines are informed mainly by bebop and the blues while also carrying a rock-tinged intensity, Stern made his mark with Miles Davis in the early ’80s before launching his solo career in 1985. Since then he has released seventeen recordings as a leader, six of which were nominated for Grammy Awards. DownBeat magazine named Stern “one of the 75 greatest guitarists of all time.”
Jeff Lorber Fusion came to life in the ’70s when pianist Jeff Lorber attended Berklee College of Music. A true clinician, Lorber has made it a point to study the long line of modern jazz pianists, including Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Thelonious Monk, and McCoy Tyner. The group released their self-titled debut, which quickly gained traction and became one of the most popular jazz acts, touring nonstop. Last year Lorber marked his fortieth recording anniversary, and in January 2018, he scored his first Grammy win for his Jeff Lorber Fusion recording Prototype in the category of Best Contemporary Instrumental Album.
They are joined by Jimmy Haslip, legendary bass guitarist and founding member of the jazz fusion group the Yellowjackets, and Dave Weckl, acclaimed fusion jazz drummer and leader of the Dave Weckl Band, who was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame.
Producer’s Circle member Tom G.