Chuck Loeb


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Chuck Loeb is one of the finest jazz gui­tarists the world has ever known. In this lat­est al­bum he ex­plores the many as­pects of his mu­si­cal ex­per­tise, tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from Wes Mont­gomery for the ti­tle track, which proves to be the per­fect in­tro­duc­tion for what’s to fol­low. The al­bum is pre­sented in four sec­tions us­ing the same mu­si­cians. The bulk are at­trib­uted to The Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Band which in­cludes Nathan East on bass and a found­ing mem­ber of Four­play, the band Chuck joined in 2010. Hav­ing guested on Will Lee’s al­bum, here Lee re­turns the favour on Lock­down, along with Steve Gadd on drums. To say this is smooth is a huge un­der­state­ment; you can al­most skate over it, but it’s cool and so­phis­ti­cated too with many un­ex­pected twists in the ar­range­ments. Two of the last three tracks take on a Latin stance, adding vo­cals to make a pos­i­tive con­trast to what is other­wise all in­stru­men­tal. Daugh­ter Christina joins Chuck for Las Eras on which she plays ukulele beau­ti­fully. If you like your gui­tar work jazzy then this is the place to lis­ten to a real mas­ter, ob­vi­ously en­joy­ing the play­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

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