|Jeff Lorber (foreground) and Patrick Lamb. Photo credit : Ralf Dombrowski|
Ralf Dombrowski writes :
Considering four decades of Jeff Lorber‘s intensive and unceasing activity as a session player and bandleader, the Unterfahrt club should have been bursting at the seams. Yet there were quite a few empty seats for this concert, so people who let this rare tour through Europe by the Philadelphia keyboard player and composer pass them by should be kicking themselves for an opportunity missed.
With Yellowjackets bassist Jimmy Haslip, drummer Gary Novak – best known for his work with Chick Corea’s Electric Band – and saxophonist Patrick Lamb from the entourage of Diane Schuur, he has surrounded himself with a band capable of producing music which was simultaneously a feast of ideas, a demonstration of cultivated finesse, and a celebration.
|Patrick Lamb. Photo credit : Ralf Dombrowski|
When at the end it was time to play Lorber’s hit Tune 88, the audience could hardly restrain the urge to get up and dance.
|Jimmy Hanslip (foreground) with Patrick Lamb and Gary Novak
Photo credit: Ralf Dombrowski
Jeff Lorber Fusion are at the Rah Rah Room in Piccadilly on Monday 10th October with Andy Snitzer replacing Patrick Lamb (BOOKINGS)
This report is an abridged version of Ralf Dombrowski’s full review in German (LINK) from the Munich broadsheet the Sueddeutsche Zeitung.