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The Pulse of Entertainment: Jazz Funk Soul’s ‘Life & Times’ Project Soars

Guitarist Paul Jackson, Jr., saxophonist Everette Harp and pianist Jeff Lorber are Jazz Funk Soul.

*The latest project of the trio Jazz Funk Soul titled “Life and Times” (Shanachie) soars on the wings provided by Grammy Award winning Jeff Lorber on piano/keyboards, Grammy nominated Everette Harp on sax and new comer Grammy nominated Paul Jackson, Jr. on lead/rhythm guitar.

The project is dedicated to the memory of the Jazz Funk Soul founder multi-Grammy Award winning guitarist Chuck Loeb. Loeb, Harp and Lorber toured so much together they decided to form a group in 2014.

“Life and Times” is the trio’s third album release together and their first without Chuck. “Life and Times” also features on the album David Mann on sax, Michael White and Gary Novak on drums, Alex Al and Rickey Minor on bass and Lenny Castro on percussion.

Jeff Lorber is also a producer who has worked for such iconic musicians as Dave Koz and Kenny G. He has his own band, Jeff Lorber Fusion, which scored a Grammy Award win for their 2014 album “Prototype.” Everette Harp’s unique saxophone playing combines Jazz, R&B, Funk and Pop. He has collaborated with such living legends as Chaka Khan, Anita Baker and Patti LaBelle. His most recent solo album is titled “First Love.” Paul Jackson, Jr. is a living legend who has recorded with such mega icons as Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones. His unique style of playing the guitar is also heard on the soundtracks of many movies, such as “Zootopia.”

My favorite cuts from the “Life and Times” Shanachie Entertainment release include the first single #4 “Windfall,” written by Jeff Lorber, because I could actually feel the wind thanks to Everette’s sax playing and Paul’s guitar, which was regulating the wind’s temperature, as Jeff’s key playing made it all dance until the end. The title track “Life and Times”, written by Lorber and Harp, is another favorite of mine because it’s one of those highway driving kind-of-song. The Lorber and Jackson, Jr. written song, #7, “Sunset Rock” stands out for me because it’s piano driven and it made me want to rock until the end. Everette’s sax on “Sunset Rock” was dancing in the background while Paul’s guitar Rock-n-Rolled its Blues/Jazz rhythm all the way to the end. The Lorber and Harp written “Room W Vu” is the last of my favorites, though the whole album is smooth. On “Room W Vu” the playing sounded like the instruments were singing sweetly together and I could almost hear the lyrics. www.Shanachie.com

SYNDICATED COLUMN: https://eurweb.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/NoahHaiduTrio_BusterWilliams_NoahHaidu_LennyWhite-1.jpg, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENT: “Uplifting Minds II” Free Entertainment Conference annually in Baltimore (Saturday April 20, 2019) in partnership with Security Square Mall and The Baltimore Times and Los Angeles (October/TBD). Offering Entertainment Business panel and a talent showcase and competition (vocal, songwriting, dance and acting) with over $15,000 valued in prizes.  www.UpliftingMinds2.com www.GoFundMe.com/Uplifting-Minds-II-Entertainment-Conference

 

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