Jeff Lorber Fusion return with another stellar effort on Hacienda. This August release features the core group of keyboardist / composer / producer Jeff Lorber, bassist Jimmy Haslip, Eric Marienthal on saxophone(s) and drummer Vinnie Colaiuta. Joining this incredibly talented lineup are the equally impressive Dave Weckl and Gary Novak on drums, Lenny Castro on percussion, Jean-Luc Ponty on violin and Michael Thompson and Paul Jackson Jr. on guitars. Co-produced by Jeff Lorber and Jimmy Haslip, Hacienda includes 10 new compositions and a cover of Frank Zappa’s “King Kong” with Jean-Luc on violin and Mothers of Invention alumni Ed Mann on marimba.
The new compositions combine elements of jazz, funk, rock, R&B and world music with odd time signatures and the complex changes we’ve come to expect from the Jeff Lorber Fusion. “Hacienda is a bit more focused than some of our previous projects,” says Lorber. “The writing is more original, the playing is better, the overall vibe is more exciting. And we had a blast bringing it all together. In the end, that’s what it’s all about. If you want people to enjoy the music, you have to put the good vibes in when you make it so people can get the good vibes out when they hear it.”