October 22, 1979 12:00 PM

The Jeff Lorber Fusion

“Fusion” is a little misleading, because this elegant jazz trio uses elements of rock’n’roll only sparingly. Keyboardist Lorber, 27, is the son of the consulting physician for pro basketball’s Philadelphia 76ers and a former chemistry student; he is also a classically trained, bebop-influenced musician with a delicate touch and a Brubeckish sense of melodic line as a composer. This is Fusion’s third LP—drummer Dennis Bradford, 22, and bassist Danny Wilson, just 18, fill out the group—after two critically popular albums in 1977 and 1978. With gently swinging contributions by guests Freddie Hubbard on flugelhorn, Dennis Springer on saxes, Joe Farrell on flute and Jay Koder on guitar, this is one of those rare jazz records that deserves the overworked adjective “mellow.”

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