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    Jeff Lorber Fusion featuring Eric Marienthal

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    March 16, 2011


    Jeff Lorber Fusion featuring Eric Marienthal

    In 1977, a fresh musical voice emerged from the suburbs of Philadelphia that would change the face of contemporary music. The JEFF LORBER FUSION made complex but tuneful jazz with elements of rock and other styles that would announce the arrival of an entirely new brand of music.

    “ ...Lorber [has the] remarkable capacity to bring musical authenticity to everything from bebop and lyrical balladry to sweet soul and some irresistible grooves."
    — The Los Angeles Times

    Led by its namesake, the composer, producer and keyboard virtuoso Jeff Lorber, the dynamic band released five albums in the next decade, amassing record sales previously unheard of in jazz circles and earning legions of devoted fans. Marking the 30-year anniversary of its most popular release, Wizard Island, Jeff Lorber reconvenes his legendary group with a new Concord Recordings release and world tour. The FUSION makes a heralded return, though it never really left...

    “... The innovative spark that created the very first Jeff Lorber Fusion album is as strong today as it ever was. And equally respected as a player, composer, and producer, he remains firmly at the head of the fusion-playing pack.”
    - Keyboard Magazine

    After graduating high school in Southern California in 1976, Eric Marienthal went on to study at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass. There he studied with the legendary saxophone professor, Joe Viola. By the time he left Berklee, Eric had achieved the highest proficiency rating given by the school. In 1995, Eric was awarded the Berklee Distinguished Alumnus Award for outstanding achievements in contemporary music. He has since gone on to perform in over 65 different countries, recorded 11 solo CD's and has played on hundreds of records, films, television shows and commercial jingles.

    Eric started his professional career in 1980 with famed New Orleans trumpeter Al Hurt. After returning to Los Angeles Eric became a member of the Chick Corea Elektric Band. He recorded 6 CD's with Chick's band and 2 of those CD's were Grammy award winners. Eric went on to perform with artists such as Elton John, Barbara Streisand, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach, Aaron Neville, Johnny Mathis, Dave Grusin, Lee Ritenour, David Benoit, The Rippingtons, The Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band, Patti Austin, Lou Rawls, David Lee Roth, The Yellowjackets, B.B. King, Ramsey Louis, Patti Labelle, Olivia Newton-John, and many others.

    Among Eric's 11 solo CD's, his latest is entitled "Got You Covered", on Peak Records. Six of the songs that Eric has recorded have made it to the top 10 of the National Contemporary Jazz Radio Charts and two have made it to #1. Eric's "Oasis" CD hit the top 5 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart. Shortly after that, Eric was voted as being one of the year's "Favorite Alto Sax Players" in Jazziz Magazine's Reader's Poll along with David Sanborn and Phil Woods.

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