There is a marvelous consistency to Jeff Lorber Fusion’s albums.

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The Drop – Gary Novak (drums); Cornelius Mims (bass); Jeff Lorber (keyboards: Rhodes and piano, rhythm guitar); Randal Clark (aksi alto sax); Paul Jackson Jr (rhythm guitar); David Mann (horn arrangement and performance).

Altered State – Drums: Gary Novak (Drum); James Haslip (bass, melody six-string bass); Jeff Lorber (keyboards: strings, Rhodes, and piano).

New Mexico – Gary Novak (drums); Cornelius Mims (bass); Jeff Lorber (keyboards: Minimoog, Rhodes, and piano); Randal Clark (alto sax); Marc Lettieri (lead and rhythm guitars); David Mann (horn arrangement and performance).

On the Bus – Gary Novak (drums); Cornelius Mims (bass); Jeff Lorber (keyboards: Minimoog, Rhodes, and piano, rhythm guitar); Randal Clark (alto sax); Marc Lettieri (lead and rhythm guitars).

Hang Tight – Gary Novak (drums); Jeff Lorber (keyboards: Rhodes and piano, synth bass rhythm guitar); Jimmy Haslip (melody six-string bass); Marc Lettieri (lead and rhythm guitars).

Liberty – Gary Novak (drums); Cornelius Mims (bass); Jeff Lorber (keyboards: Minimoog, Rhodes, and piano); Jimmy Haslip (melody six-string bass); Randal Clark (soprano sax);

Marc Lettieri (lead and rhythm guitars).

Keep Moving – Gary Novak (drums); Jeff Lorber (keyboards: Rhodes and piano, synth bass, rhythm guitar); Jimmy Haslip (melody six-string bass); Marc Lettieri (lead and rhythm guitars)

Randal Clark (alto sax); David Mann (horn arrangement and performance).

Mindshare – Gary Novak (drums); Cornelius Mims (bass); Jimmy Haslip (melody six-string bass); keyboards: Minimoog, Rhodes, and piano: Jeff Lorber (keyboards: Rhodes and piano, rhythm guitar); Marc Lettieri (lead and rhythm guitars); Randal Clark (alto sax); David Mann (horn arrangement and performance).

Reception – Gary Novak (drums); Cornelius Mims (bass); Jeff Lorber (keyboards: Minimoog, Rhodes, and piano, rhythm guitar); Marc Lettieri (lead and rhythm guitars); David Mann (melody flute, horn arrangement, and performance).

Tail Lights – Gary Novak (drums); Cornelius Mims (bass); Jeff Lorber (keyboards: Rhodes and piano); Randal Clark (alto sax); Paul Jackson Jr (lead and rhythm guitar); David Mann (horn arrangement and performance).

Jeff Lorber Fusion’s 30th album is precisely what a listener would expect from a Jeff Lorber Fusion album: a seamless blend of jazz, funk, and R&B played with taste, sophistication, and a generous spirit of fun. Despite these myriad elements, there are no dividing lines in Jeff Lorber Fusion’s music.

The elements blend, morph, and dance together in music that is always inventive and playful, just as Lorber’s different keyboards agree to support each other in every song.

The Drop begins the album in a bouncy and fun fashion. Horns lead the band and march into the depths of the song. Lorber’s keyboard is sparkling and bright as it solos across Cornelius Mims ’grooving, snaking bass. The whole band cooks on jazz meets joyous R&B opening part of the voyage.

On Altered State, guitars and keyboards weave around another sprightly melody that dances over a fun start-and-stop rhythm that propels the song. The textures of each instrument seem arranged to reflect off each other. Lorber’s keyboard and the guitar solo shine on this, as their solos match the song’s bounce and swing.

The horn hooks in New Mexico are so good it’s hard to get beyond them. Cornelius Mims ’bass locks down the groove, and Lorber’s piano dances across the top of it all using a happy glass tone that makes the melody shine on top of its soulful rhythm.

Lorber always uses the right tone for the song, and his keyboard always sounds organic regardless of the song’s color and personality.

In On the Bus, once again, keyboards and guitar move through the song’s header and melody, winding around each other, sounding like one instrument, and they maintain that weave throughout the entire piece. Even as Lorber’s and guitarist Marc Lettieri’s solos diverge, they reflect each other splendidly. On the Bus is a spritely and engaging song.

Hang Tight lays down a simple groove, showing how melody and harmony can grow from that groove and decorate it with just the right touch. As with the On the Bus, the piano and guitar complement each other precisely. Listen for the light synthesizer string accents that light the song – they are as subtle as they are effective.

Liberty undulates and throbs towards its conclusion. Lorber follows himself soloing on different keyboards, giving two opinions on the same melody. The slight overdrive and sustain on Lettieri’s guitar complement Lorber’s much smoother keyboard sounds beautifully.

The title to this song says it all — Keep Moving — as it bounces and sways with every instrument in the pocket and with horn hooks, especially keeping this song breezing and flowing.

Say happy and keep moving! Keep Moving features more tasteful and no less bouncing guitar playing from Snarky Puppy’s Mark Lettieri. Mindshare – Takes the approach of Keep Moving, adds big, orchestral fanfare swells before the Lorber’s sparkling piano dances into its solo, and includes a lovely bass solo from Cornelius Mims.

Tail Lights closes the album with another soulful romp, and Paul Jackson, Jr bookends his performance at the start with another sprite and a melodically understated guitar solo that only emphasizes the song’s driving rhythm.

There is a marvelous consistency to Jeff Lorber Fusion’s albums. Listening to them always delivers exactly what they promise – expertly and creatively crafted, genre-blending music that captures the listener’s attention while they move.

Lorber says, “The main thing is to have that spirit of fun that lifts your spirits and takes you away to another place.” The songs on the Drop deliver on that promise.