Keyboardist and producer Jeff Lorber, whose latest CD is nominated for a Grammy, follows saxophonist Mindi Abair as the latest artist to sign a recording contract with Peak Records, the expanding smooth jazz record label co-founded by Russ Freeman of the Rippingtons. Peak is a subsidiary of Concord Records.
Lorber joins a roster that in addition to Abair includes The Rippingtons, Marc Antoine, Gerald Albright, Paul Taylor, Norman Brown, Lee Ritenour, Will Downing, Eric Marienthal, David Benoit and Jessy J. Jeff’s most recent CD, He Had a Hat, which featured the smooth jazz hit “Anthem for a New America,” was released on Blue Note Records. The CD is nominated in the Best Contemporary Jazz Album category, and Lorber will find out if he’s a winner when the Grammy Awards are held Feb. 10.
Jeff’s first CD for Peak – which features collaborations with veteran smooth jazz composer and producer Rex Rideout – will be released on June 10.Posted by Brian Soergel at February 2, 2008 11:08 PM