Jeff Lorber

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Jeff Lorber
Jeff Lorber
Jazzy Days, Denmark 2018

Jeff Lorber (born November 4, 1952 in Philadelphia ) is an American keyboard player of fusion - and especially smooth jazz .

Live and act

Lorber had piano lessons since he was four. In his school days he played soul and rhythm and blues . He first studied chemistry in Boston before starting parallel studies at Berklee College of Music in 1970/71 , where he was taught by Margaret Chaloff , Dave Amram and Ran Blake . He continued his chemistry studies in Oregon , where he worked as a jazz lecturer at Clark College from 1973. With bass player Danny Wilson and drummer Dennis Bradford he founded his own group, with which he presented his debut album in 1977; in the following years he worked with guest soloists such as Joe Farrell , Chick Corea and Freddie Hubbard . 1983 moved Lorber to Los Angeles , where he worked as a studio musician, producer and talent scout for Herb Alpert , the Pointer Sisters or Kenny G. worked. In addition, he presented his own albums with changing line-ups, which have been nominated for a Grammy several times . As a guest musician he has been involved in recordings by Eric Marienthal , Gary Meek , U2 , Art Porter junior , Manhattan Transfer , Duran Duran , Bruce Hornsby and Curtis Mayfield .

In 2018, his Jeff Lorber Fusion for the album Prototype received a Grammy Award in the category “Best Contemporary Instrumental Album”.


Studio albums

year title Top ranking, total weeks, awardChart placementsChart placements
(Year, title, rankings, weeks, awards, notes)
1979 Water sign - US119 (14 weeks)
First published: October 1979
(as The Jeff Lorber Fusion)
1980 Wizard Island - US123 (12 weeks)
First published: June 1980
(as The Jeff Lorber Fusion)
1981 Galaxian - US77 (15 weeks)
First published: May 1981
(as The Jeff Lorber Fusion)
1982 It's a fact - US73 (13 weeks)
First published: May 1982
1984 In the heat of the night - US106 (7 weeks)
First published: May 1984
1985 Step by step UK97 (2 weeks)
US90 (16 weeks)
First published: April 1985
1987 Private passion - US68 (26 weeks)
First published: February 1987

more publishments

  • 1977: The Jeff Lorber Fusion
  • 1978: Soft Space
  • 1984: Lift Off
  • 1993: Worth Waiting For
  • 1994: West Side Stories
  • 1996: State of Grace
  • 1998: Midnight
  • 2000: The Definitive Collection
  • 2001: Kickin 'It
  • 2002: The Very Best of
  • 2003: Philly Style
  • 2005: Flipside
  • 2007: He Had a Hat
  • 2008: Heard That
  • 2010: Now Is the Time
  • 2011: Galaxy
  • 2013: Hacienda
  • 2015: Step It Up
  • 2017: Prototype
  • 2018: Impact


year Title
Top ranking, total weeks, awardChart placementsChart placements
(Year, title, album , rankings, weeks, awards, notes)
1985 Best Part of the Night
Step by Step
UK80 (2 weeks)
First published: June 1985
1986 Facts of Love
Private Passion
UK95 (1 week)
US27 (16 weeks)
First published: November 1986
( feat.Karyn White )

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  1. a b Chart sources: UK US

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