I suppose today’s Smooth Jazz Sunday song would be better served over at Chevvy’s Studio for a “Sunday Coming Down” post. Given the title of the song, that is the very first thing I thought about. But, me being me, I’m going to use it for my Sunday morning post anyway.
Today’s song is “Watching The Sun Set,” and it is by Jeff Lorber. Lorber is a veteran in the smooth jazz world, having released his first album in 1977. His roots were in R&B, as he started out playing in R&B bands before falling in love with jazz while going to the Berklee College of Music. He released his first five albums under the group name of the Jeff Lorber Fusion, which played music in the style inspired by Weather Report, Herbie Hancock and others in the genre. During the 1980s, he went solo, and his albums began to veer more fully in an R&B direction. His albums also began to incorporate more vocals, culminating in his biggest hit “Facts Of Love,” which featured Karyn White on the lead. None other than Clive Davis came to Lorber after that hit and suggested that his albums needed more vocals on them. Lorber didn’t feel the same way. His music began tracking back toward jazz, with only occasional vocals.
By the time he released the album Midnight in 1998, his sound had gone full circle. The instruments he used on his debut had come back into vogue—the Fender Rhodes piano and Hammond B-3 organ. Today’s track is taken from that album, and to me it sounds just as good in the early morning as it would at the end of the day. Unfortunately, here where I am there isn’t any sun scheduled to shine today; gray skies and rain are in the forecast, and will continue to be tomorrow as well. At least the song will allow me to imagine watching a sunset.
Enjoy “Watching The Sun Set” by Jeff Lorber, and as always thank you for reading and listening.