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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The title is self-explanatory: guitarist Chuck Loeb has scored no less than a dozen number one hits on radio charts for smooth jazz. He's also played on literally hundreds of records, making him the Tommy Tedesco of the genre. None of that matters very much to his fans, and this collection is clearly assembled for them. While fans of smooth jazz (and what is in the 21st century now called "contemporary jazz") will have enjoyed Loeb's music and may even be familiar with it, it's not so much the individual tracks that matter as the consistent sound and vibe. Early on, Loeb embraced the feel of smooth jazz and became one of its great ambassadors, displaying a knack for writing ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The title is self-explanatory: guitarist Chuck Loeb has scored no less than a dozen number one hits on radio charts for smooth jazz. He's also played on literally hundreds of records, making him the Tommy Tedesco of the genre. None of that matters very much to his fans, and this collection is clearly assembled for them. While fans of smooth jazz (and what is in the 21st century now called "contemporary jazz") will have enjoyed Loeb's music and may even be familiar with it, it's not so much the individual tracks that matter as the consistent sound and vibe. Early on, Loeb embraced the feel of smooth jazz and became one of its great ambassadors, displaying a knack for writing and producing music custom-tailored to the radio format that was so successful in the 1980s and 1990s (and continues in mutated form in the 2000s). His name has become synonymous with the genre, and the most memorable of his hits have their own timeless quality: "Blue Kiss," "Sarao," "Just Us," and of course, "The Music Inside." Other tracks will be not be especially well known by name but are easily identifiable by sound, including "Tropical," "High Five,"and "Cruzin' South." The slippery, silky backbeat funk Loeb employs as a canvas in his tunes comes across as immediately welcoming and accessible; his guitar lines are always fluid; and his soloing is cut into short, tight pockets. Many of his collaborators are well known in the world of jazz at large as well: John Pattitucci, Jason Miles, Jim Beard, Will Lee, and Nestor Torres are all here, as well as many more. This set is a welcome addition to Loeb's catalog and will likely deeply satisfy any listener who enjoys smooth jazz.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/27/2009
  • Label: Shanachie
  • UPC: 016351516923
  • Catalog Number: 5169
  • Sales rank: 54,594

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Just Us (5:24)
  2. 2 The Music Inside (5:21)
  3. 3 High Five (4:57)
  4. 4 North, South, East and West (5:38)
  5. 5 Bring It (4:54)
  6. 6 Blue Kiss (6:52)
  7. 7 Tropical (5:05)
  8. 8 Sarao (5:33)
  9. 9 Pocket Change (5:15)
  10. 10 Beneath the Light (6:03)
  11. 11 Cruzin' South (5:07)
  12. 12 Ebop (4:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chuck Loeb Primary Artist, Guitar, Keyboards, fender rhodes
Jim Beard Keyboards, fender rhodes, Soloist
John Patitucci Acoustic Bass
Nestor Torres Flute, Soloist
Mel Brown Bass
David Charles Percussion
Carmen Cuesta Vocals, Voices
Melvin Davis Bass
Lawrence Feldman Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Mitchel Forman Piano
Birch Johnson Trombone
Tony Kadleck Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Will Lee Bass
Larry Lunetta Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Mike Pope Bass
Jim Pugh Baritone Horn, Bass Trombone, Tenor Trombone
Gary Keller Flute, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Wolfgang Haffner Cymbals, Drums
David Samuels Marimbas
Elizabeth Loeb Piccolo
Christina Loeb Flute
Mike Ricchiuti Keyboards
David Andrew Mann Flute, Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Carmen Cuesta Composer
Zach Danziger drum programming, Percussion Programming, Sound Design, Drum Fills
Chuck Loeb Composer, Producer, Horn Arrangements, drum programming, Percussion Programming
Jason Miles Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You Can't Go Wrong With THis CD

    There's not one disappointing song on this CD. It's upbeat yet relaxing.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Pleasant surprise / One of the first CD's that I select for driving

    It was a pleasant surprise when I first played this CD. I could actually leave the songs and not skip if the song became stale.
    I find myself reaching for this CD before many of the others.

    It was a pleasant surprise /
    You will not go wrong if you purchase this CD.

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