It was in 1977 that the Jeff Lorber Fusion released its self-titled debut and in so doing signposted a musical journey that for Lorber would endure to this day. Although he dropped the name ‘Fusion’ after the group’s 1981 ‘Galaxian’ project he was, by then, very much on a roll. Indeed, the wealth of music he created on the six albums recorded between 1979 and 1985 marked him out as a significant player in the development of the R&B-jazz amalgam that later evolved into what we now recognize as smooth jazz. Every subsequent CD has always offered something different and now he is turning back the clock, not only by recording his brand new ‘Now Is The Time’ under the name ‘Jeff Lorber Fusion’ but also by taking the opportunity to blend some of the best tunes from his early ‘’Fusion’ years with six fresh sounds. The outcome is an engaging compilation that will appeal both to his long-time fans and those discovering his wonderful music for the first time.