He Had A Hat 407


rovi.MR0001117508 4/3/07 Used

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Review Text A sophisticated showcase for his varied jazz styles, Jeff Lorber's He Had a Hat finds the pianist moving from softly funky pop-jazz numbers to a few straight-ahead swingers. Always an urbane and tasteful musician, Lorber has often found a good balance between contemporary pop oriented material and more cerebral improvisational cuts, and He Had a Hat is a prime example of this duality. To these ends, tracks like the title cut and the frenetic "Surreptitious" evince a kind of Tower of Power meets Brecker Brothers funk. Fittingly, trumpeter Randy Brecker adds his supple chops to the latter track. Similarly engaging big-band numbers like "All Most Blues" and the afterglow ballad "Orchid" bring to mind both early- and late-period Miles Davis, respectively. Also joining Lorber here are a bevy of name artists including trumpeter Chris Botti, vocalist Paula Cole, saxophonist Gerald Albright, and many others.This CD was nominated for a Grammy award in 2007 for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. ~ Matt Collar

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  1. 1. Anthem for a New America - 4:48
  2. 2. He Had a Hat - 5:34
  3. 3. Grandma's Hands - 4:06
  4. 4. Surreptitious - 4:10
  5. 5. All Most Blues - 4:25
  6. 6. Orchid - 4:54
  7. 7. Be Bops - 2:28
  8. 8. Other Side of the Heart - 6:35
  9. 9. Hudson - 4:58
  10. 10. Super Fusion Unit - 4:52
  11. 11. Eye Tunes - 4:50
  12. 12. Requiem for Gandalf - 4:43
  13. 13. Burn Brightly - 4:52

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