|Chuck Loeb — Silhouette (2013)|
Chuck Loeb — Silhouette
• Chuck is a guitarist from NYC and is a member of the band ƒourplay as well as a solo artist with 17 CD's. A skillful guitarist capable of playing any style of music, Chuck Loeb's own solo projects have generally been commercially successful crossover jazz, which has been classified through the years as "contemporary" or "smooth" jazz.
Born: July 12, 1955 in Suffern, NY
Location: New York
Album release: August 13, 2013
Record Label: Shanachie
01 Silhouette 6:34
02 Silver Lining (feat. David Mann) 5:13
03 Present Sense 6:00
04 Appreciation (feat. Mitchel Forman) 7:49
05 JT (feat. Eric Marienthal) 7:20
06 Lockdown 5:24
07 Stompin' (feat. Andy Snitzer) 8:12
08 Esta Tarde Vi Llover (feat. Carmen Cuesta) 4:20
09 My One and Only Love (feat. Lizzy Loeb) 5:23
10 Las Eras (feat. Christina Loeb) 3:19
• Chuck Loeb — guitars
• Mitchel Forman — piano, electric piano, organ, string & keyboard arrangements (track 1—5)
• Oli Rockberger — piano, electric piano, melodica (track 6)
• Pat Bianchi — Organ (track 7)
• Moises P. Sanchez — piano
• Nathan East — acoustic & electric basses (track 1—5)
• Will Lee — bass (track 6)
• Tono Miguel — acoustic bass
• Peter Erskine — drums (track 1—5)
• Steve Gadd — drums (track 6)
• Wolfgang Haffner — drums (track 7)
• José San Martín — drums
• David Charles — percussion (track 1—5)
• Yuvisney Aguilar — percussion
• David Mann — horn and string arranging "Thumb Thing" (track 1—5)
• Giulio Carmassi — trumpet (track 6)
• Andy Snitzer — tenor sax (track 7)
• Carmen Cuesta — vocals (track 7)
• Lizzy Loeb — vocals (track 8)
• Christina Loeb — vocals (track10)
• With over 25 Top 10 Smooth Jazz radio hits to his credit, including an incredible 15 #1 smashes, Chuck Loeb is truly an icon and pioneer of the Smooth Jazz genre.
• As the newest member, lead guitarist, and producer of the super group Fourplay, as well as leader of his own all star touring ensemble, Chuck performs in front of hundreds of thousands of fans every year and his popularity continues to grow.
• Silhouette features guest appearances by such notables as Fouplay band mate Nathan East, Will Lee (of David Letterman fame), legendary drummer Steve Gadd (Steely Dan), Eric Marienthal, Andy Snitzer (Rolling Stones), and more. In addition, the album features vocals from Carmen Cuesta (Mrs. Loeb) whose sensuous delivery has resulted in her own growing fan base.
• Highlights include the first single Silhouette which is already climbing up the smooth jazz radio charts, the funky Stompin , the shimmering, sensitive ballad Silver Lining , the classic love song My One and Only Love and much more.
• Guitarist Chuck Loeb is well known as jazz guitarist in groups such as Metro, Steps Ahead or Stan Getz's band. But he became popular by his solo albums as smooth jazz guitarist. His participation in the group Fourplay is a fruit of this popularity.
• Exploring different facets of jazz might be joyful, but to earn money with smooth jazz is the real deal. On the new album we discover Chuck's companions like David Mann, Eric Marienthal, Andy Snitzer (sax), Mitchel Foreman (keyboards), but also his family members Carmen Cuesta and Lizzy Loeb.
• On Silhouette Chuck easily adapts the style of Fourplay, he has helped shape who also influenced him. Chuck follows this exciting joy ride on Silver Lining. Listen to Fourplay's Bali Run and you know what I mean. David Mann adds some Smoothness on sax.
• When you love Metro's Month of Sunday's then Present Sense is the right continuation. Loeb and Mitchel Foreman showcase on this piece all their prowess again. • On Appreciation Loeb drifts in the Contemporary Jazz, where Mitchel with his brilliant contributions provides the best template. JT is a tribute to James Taylor, one of Chuck's all time favorite artists. The melodious song features Eric Marienthal on sax.
• The driving tune Lockdown presents the new discovery, pianist Oli Rockberger and trumpet player Giulio Carmassi. A swinging tune with some edges. Stompin' showcases Chuck's collaboration with organist Pat Bianchi in the tradition of Montgomery and Jimmy Smith.
• On the final part of his album Loeb features his wife Carmen Cuesta with a rendition of Esta Tarde Vi Llover (English version "Yesterday I Heard the Rain"), a composition by Armando Manzanero, his daughter Lizzy Loeb on My One and Only Love, a jazz standard by Guy Wood and Adam Makowicz and his daughter Christina Loeb on Las Eras, inspired by their summers in Northern Spain. Christina plays the Ukulele, while Chuck is accompanying her on acoustic guitar.
• Chuck Loeb's Silhouette is a colorful compendium of all that Chuck is currently epitomizes. Smooth Jazz, Jazz, Contemporary Jazz and Spanish folklore are not contradictions but different sides of his musical personality.
Artist Biography by Scott Yanow
• A skillful guitarist capable of playing any style of music, Chuck Loeb's own solo projects have generally been commercially successful crossover jazz, which has been classified through the years as "contemporary" or "smooth" jazz. He started playing guitar when he was 11; discovered jazz when he was 16; took lessons from Jim Hall, Pat Metheny, and Joe Puma; and attended the Berklee College of Music. Loeb freelanced in New York (with Hubert Laws, Chico Hamilton, and Joe Farrell, among others) and then in 1979 joined Stan Getz's group for two years. Back in New York, Loeb worked on jingles and soundtracks both as a player and a composer. He spent 1985-1987 with Steps Ahead and in more recent times has produced recordings by Donald Harrison, Nelson Rangell, Larry Coryell, George Garzone, and Warren Bernhardt, among others. As a performer, Loeb was part of Petite Blonde (a group featuring saxophonist Bill Evans), Metro, and the Fantasy Band, and played with Gary Burton, Dave Samuels, and many others; in addition, his compositions have been recorded by quite a few pop/jazz artists.
• The Moon, the Stars and the Setting SunLoeb made his first solo record in 1988, recorded extensively for DMP, and switched to Shanachie in 1996. Over the next seven years he released six albums for the label, beginning in 1998 with The Moon, the Stars and the Setting Sun, followed by Listen in 1999. Loeb remained active in the 21st century, releasing In a Heartbeat in early 2001, All There Is in 2002, and eBop one year later. The guitarist wrapped up his tenure with Shanachie in 2005 with When I'm with You, and signed with Heads Up International, a division of Telarc. His first outing for the label was Presence, released in 2007. In 2010, Loeb replaced Larry Carlton as the guitarist for Fourplay, but continued as a producer, composer, arranger, and guitarist on his own, starting his own label, Heads Up, and with the release of Plain 'n' Simple in 2011, he revisited the world of 1960s jazz bebop organ trios. It's Love, an album with saxophonist Eric Marienthal, appeared in 2012.
|Chuck Loeb — Silhouette (2013)|