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.