Chuck Loeb earned merits as jazz guitarist
in groups such as Metro, Steps Ahead or Stan Getz's
band. Really popular however became Chuck by his solo albums as
prolific smooth jazz guitarist and as member of the supergroups Fourplay
and Jazz Funk Soul.
His new album Unspoken (2016) is the reflection
about his recent illness and the intensified and renewed
enthusiasm for his first love, music. This passion is shared
by bassists Ron Jenkins, Will Lee, Nathan East and Thomas
Kennedy, drummers Gary Novak, Brian Dunne, and Joel
Rosenblatt, keyboardists Jeff Lorber, Brian Culbertson, Pat
Bianchi, and Mitchel Forman, guitarist Michael Thompson,
saxophonists Eric Marienthal, Everette Harp, Andy Snitzer,
David Mann who also did most of the horn arrangements,
trumpet players Till Brönner and Tony Kadleck and Mike Davis
on trombone. Carmen Cuesta sings a song written by Lizzy
Loeb (Lizzy Cuesta) and Christina Loeb and Chuck co-wrote a
song that she plays ukulele on.
The starting tune is dedicated to Chuck's favorite jazz
place to play, the Cotton Club in Tokyo. He
composed the tune together with Jeff Lorber keeping it in
the spirit of Weather Report's Birdland. Don't stay
looking for something new, when the old is tried and tested
offering a timeless radiant artistry.
Natural Light shines with fine guitar riffs
featuring Andy Snitzer on soprano sax. The driving rhythm
section and keyboard textures tend to modern chill out.
Chuck avoids modernism and creates with Unspoken an
emotional oasis with colorful layers of tones. Brian
Culbertson spreads magic on piano. Together with David
Mann's stunning horn arrangement and Chuck's pristine guitar
performance the tune expands to musical vibrancy of the
On Happy Hour Chuck meets his band mate from the
fusion group Metro Mitchel Forman. However the greatest
impression on this track has David Mann with his precisely
timed horn contributions. It gets exciting when Chuck has to
tell a musical story line. Affinity with Everette
Harp on sax follows the same highly artistic concept as Fourplay.
Fusion jazz is still alive. On Treetops the
grandmasters of fusion Chuck Loeb, Jeff Lorber, Eric
Marienthal celebrate the excitement and edge of this genre.
The Latin tinged Si Se Puede is inspired by the
rapprochement between the US and Cuba and features German
trumpeter Till Brönner. The title means Yes You Can
and is Chuck's tribute to President Obama. Both interprets
shine with a remarkable mastery on their instruments.
Way Up High is a family project. Daughter Lizzy
wrote the song performed by Chuck's wife Carmen Cuesta.
Chuck confesses that his family is part of his creative
process helping him with outside objective perspectives.
Cut And Run swings with the jazz masters Chuck, David
Mann and Brian Dunne (Hall & Oates).
Loeb's wife Carmen comes from Spain and so the family lives
bilingual. Loeb speaks Spanish as well, and when his
schedule permits he spends summers with the family at their
second home in Castellon (near Valencia). Voramar and
Verde are results of these influences. Voramar is a
sonic fury and demands with its technical finesse the
skills of the involved musicians Pat Bianchi on piano and
Eric Marienthal on soprano sax. Chuck composed Via Verde
together with his daughter Christina. She and her mother are
singing the vocal part. Emotional music like a gentle
Unspoken combines the multifold sides of this
exceptionally gifted guitarist and is a mirror image of his
musical personality. The album highlights the evolution and
growth of this incredible talent and we are invited to be
his contemporary witness.
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Artist: Chuck Loeb
Genre: General Jazz
Label: Shanachie Entertainment
01 Cotton Club (Featuring Jeff Lorber) [5:06]
02 Natural Light (Featuring Andy Snitzer) [6:07]
03 Unspoken (Featuring Brian Culbertson) [6:13]
04 Happy Hour (Featuring Mitchel Forman) [6:04]
05 Affinity (Featuring Everette Harp) [5:20]
06 Treetops (Featuring Jeff Lorber & Eric Marienthal) [5:09]
07 Si Se Puede (Featuring Till Brönner) [5:33]
08 Way Up High (Featuring Carmen Cuesta) [3:06]
09 Cut And Run (Featuring David Mann) [5:53]
10 Voramar (Featuring Eric Marienthal & Pat Bianchi) [7:27]
11 Via Verde (Featuring Christina Loeb) [3:47]
Between Two Worlds