He did not issue his first proper solo LP until 1991's Worth Waiting For, remaining both a prolific performer and producer for the rest of the decade. He recorded for Verve and Zebra in the '90s before moving over to Narada in the 2000s and releasing successful smooth jazz albums like 2003's Philly Style and 2005's Flipside. He released He Had a Hat on Blue Note in 2007. In 2010, Lorber released the '70s funk and soul-inflected Heard That. In 2010, Lorber reactivated the Jeff Lorber Fusion and released Now Is the Time via Heads Up International. The album received generally positive reviews, placed high on the contemporary jazz chart, and was nominated for a Grammy.
Lorber not only stayed with the revitalized JLF format, but went even deeper for 2012's Galaxy (Heads Up/Concord), revisiting in depth the sound he helped to pioneer. Lorber, bassist Jimmy Haslip, and saxophonist Eric Marienthal were accompanied by drummer Vinnie Colaiuta. The album also featured guest spots by trumpeter Randy Brecker, percussionist Lenny Castro, guitarists Paul Jackson, Jr., Michael Thompson, Andrée Theander, and Larry Koonse, and drummer Dave Weckl. In August of 2013, the JLF released Hacienda; it was nominated for Best Pop Instrumental Album at the 2014 Grammy Awards.
After a supporting tour, Lorber and Haslip wanted to waste no time in cutting another record. They re-enlisted Colaiuta, and recruited Yellowjackets' saxophonist Bob Mintzer and guitarist Robben Ford, as well a host of studio aces who included percussionist Lenny Castro and guitarist Paul Jackson, Jr. David Mann was hired to provide horn charts. Step It Up was released by Heads Up during the fall of 2015.~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi