With a smooth sound bringing together elements of funk, R&B, rock, and electric jazz, keyboardist Jeff Lorber helped pioneer a genre of fusion later formatted under such names as NAC and contemporary jazz.
Born in Philadelphia on November 4, 1952, he began playing the piano at the age of four, and as a teen performed with a variety of local R&B bands. Lorber’s infatuation with jazz began during his stay at the Berklee College of Music, and after forming the Jeff Lorber Fusion he issued the group’s self-titled debut in 1977. During the first half of the following decade, the band became one of the most popular jazz acts of the period, touring nonstop and even scoring a Best R&B Instrumental Grammy nomination for the radio hit “Pacific Coast Highway.”
Jeff Lorber reached his commercial peak with the release of the 1986 album Private Passion, an album that has more to do with urban contemporary singing than it does with instrumental pop-jazz. Because it features R&B singers so prominently, Private Passion is a perfect example of what Lorber meant when, in 1998, he complained that the mid-’80s found him becoming “a sideman on my own records.”
The main attraction on Private Passion was the R&B singing of Michael Jeffries and Karyn White, whose memorable performance on the single “Facts of Love” not only put her on the map in the R&B market, but also did a lot to make this album the big seller it was.
The US Promo 12″ single featured remixes by Victor Flores.
Facts Of Love (Passion Mix) 6:50
Facts Of Love (Bonus Beats) 1:10
Facts Of Love (A Cappella) 4:02
Facts Of Love (Dub) 5:20
Facts Of Love (Instrumental) 5:02
Facts Of Love (Dub) 5:02