Back in 2014 I described the trio of Jeff Lorber, Chuck Loeb and Everette Harp as being ‘impromptu’ yet two years on what at the time seemed to be a ‘one off’ get-together has suddenly taken on an air of permanence with the release of their second album ‘More Serious Business’.
The word ‘serious has some relevance as this, without doubt, is a high quality collection of contemporary jazz for serious aficionados and none more so than with the appropriately titled ‘Tuesday Swings’ (that comes complete with a big brassy horn arrangement from Harp), the opening ‘Our Thing’ where horns are in the capable hands of the consistently excellent David Mann and also with ‘Crusher’ where Mann again plays a part.
Mann also weaves his magic with the mid-tempo ‘Fall Departs’ where Lorber on keys is top-notch and although the big, ‘in your face’ attitude of ‘You’ll Know When You Know’ is exactly what these three great players are mostly all about the electrifying jazzy runs of the title track build a nice bridge from the straight ahead to the contemporary.
Much the same can be said of ‘Gamblin’ (that would double quite nicely as the theme tune to an eighties television detective series) whereas the strikingly titled ‘Timmendorfer By The Sea’ builds from simple melodious beginnings to something altogether more complex yet every bit as enthralling.
Of course the brilliant thing about music is how personal preference plays a part and in this respect the turned down majesty of ‘The Love’ is extremely hard to beat yet all things considered the wonderful ‘Connections’, with its hypnotically languid groove, is a serious contender for my top twenty tracks of the year.