By the late 1970s, trailblazing keyboardist and composer Jeff Lorber had become a prominent figure in the new movement know as jazz fusion-a marriage of traditional jazz with elements of rock, R&B, funk and other electrified sounds. The Jeff Lorber Fusion first honed their craft on the Portland, Oregon, club scene and rapidly expanded their reach to a national and international audience via a combination of complex harmonies, unconventional time signatures and compelling rhythms. More than three decades after his earliest recordings. Lorber comes full circle with "Galaxy." Yellowjackets' bassist Jimmy Haslip joins him in this 21st Century version of the band along with Randy Brecker, Eric Marienthal, Dave Weckl, Vinnie Colaiuta and Lenny Castro.
The Austrian-born Hans Glawischnig has been a first call bassist in New York for over a decade now. His playing has been especially highly regarded by the Latin community as he has been featured in groups led by artists like Paquito D'Rivera, Miguel Zenon and Ray Barretto. For his third release -- "Jahira" -- Glawischnig debuts a new trio featuring his own explorations of the acoustic bass. The title is an acronym for the group's credo, "jazz history roundabout," which applies to the ensemble's use of elements from the entire breadth of jazz's history to inform their sound. The bassist decided on a trio setting because of his regard for the intimacy of the smaller ensembles of Sonny Rollins and Charlie Haden. The musicians he chose for the group are exceptional young talents, saxophonist Samir Zarif and drummer Eric Doob.