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Live Review

Chuck Loeb & Eric Marienthal at Scullers

Read "Chuck Loeb & Eric Marienthal at Scullers" reviewed by Dave Dorkin


Chuck Loeb & Eric Marienthal Scullers Boston, MA June 17, 2016 Guitarist Chuck Loeb and saxophonist Eric Marienthal came into Boston's noted home for jazz, Scullers, co-leading an ensemble which has been quietly making a name for itself at the intersection of fusion, soul-bop and contemporary jazz. Chuck Loeb may be best known for a string of contemporary jazz albums in recent years including with Fourplay, but Loeb was also the guitarist in more burning ...

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Album Review

Chuck Loeb: Between 2 Worlds

Read "Between 2 Worlds" reviewed by Martin Gladu


As its title suggests, Between 2 Worlds finds guitarist Chuck Loeb's sublimated split personality at last openly revealed. A household name in smooth jazz circles, the former Steps Ahead luminary this time throws the dice with a program heavier on the straight-ahead jazz component that composes the core of his musical upbringing. Does this project mark the dawn of a new beginning, a passage to this other world? Only time will tell.Customarily dressing the table with a set ...

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Album Review

Chuck Loeb: Between 2 Worlds

Read "Between 2 Worlds" reviewed by Jeff Winbush


While no one was looking, Chuck Loeb was quietly becoming one of the most interesting guitarists making music today. Loeb kept working as a sideman, composer and arranger, making his own solo albums in a low-key way until he reached the point where any serious conversation about who's among the best in the business that doesn't include Loeb isn't a serious conversation at all. Between 2 Worlds finds Loeb exploring a more naturalistic, organic mode with the ...

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Album Review

Chuck Loeb: Between 2 Worlds

Read "Between 2 Worlds" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins


A knock on smooth jazz is that it's too bland--safe for those who don't fully appreciate instrumental music, but boring to those who do. Once in a while an artist whose music fits within the format breaks from the pack. Enter guitarist Chuck Loeb. Over the years, Loeb has associated with many across the jazz spectrum, including Stan Getz, Jay Beckenstein, Michael Brecker and Victor Bailey. In addition to his solo career, he has been a member ...

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Album Review

Chuck Loeb: Presence

Read "Presence" reviewed by Jeff Winbush


Presence, a gorgeous, lyrical album, provides a suitable showcase for Chuck Loeb's technical proficiency and impressive range. You don't just hear Loeb. You can almost see him creating the music. Maybe that's a shout-out to the recording process, but Loeb's guitar playing is crystal-clear and right up front. He's not a splashy musician, but you can tell the man knows his licks. He knows when to turn on the technique, as when his fingers dance along the strings on the ...

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Album Review

Chuck Loeb: In a Heartbeat

Read "In a Heartbeat" reviewed by Dave Hughes


For the past 15 years or so, Chuck Loeb has been a first-call session guitarist and producer, as well as recording and performing under his own name and with the bands Petite Blond, Metro, and the Fantasy Band. His earlier touring gigs included Chico Hamilton, Hubert Laws, Ray Baretto, Stan Getz, and Steps Ahead. So it's fair to say that he has experience in a wide range of musical settings. On his latest release, In A Heartbeat, you can hear ...


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