Fusion fans, here we go! Jeff Lorber Fusion is back kicking some serious butt with Hacienda. Packed with an outrageous energy level and highly appealing melodies and runs, this band again delivers. With Lorber on keys and, of course, production, Jimmy Haslip co-producing and giving the bass hell, and drummer Vinnie Colaiuta serving up solid rhythms and clever timing, you are immediately drawn into just how good fusion should be played and defined. Other guests include Eric Marienthal, Larry Koonse, Paul Jackson Jr., Dave Weckl, Lenny Castro, and David Mann.
This is a gem, it’s the kind of material on which fusion fans can hang their collective hats. Since returning to his early fusion leanings, Lorber hasn’t missed a beat and hasn’t lost any of the “smooth” jazz crowd, either. The airtight cohesion between these top-shelf JLF members is something at which all jazzers should marvel.