All There Is

All There Is

by Chuck Loeb
     
 

Chuck Loeb's All There Is is proof that one can be a tasteful guitarist working in the often-derided smooth jazz style and still be capable of making albums that are more than just easy listening sludge. Recorded in a simple small-group setting with no extraneous "special guests" around to muddy up the sound, Loeb unspools ten originals and tasteful coversSee more details below

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Chuck Loeb's All There Is is proof that one can be a tasteful guitarist working in the often-derided smooth jazz style and still be capable of making albums that are more than just easy listening sludge. Recorded in a simple small-group setting with no extraneous "special guests" around to muddy up the sound, Loeb unspools ten originals and tasteful covers (none of the tacky '70s AM pop crossover attempts that marred 2001's In a Heartbeat) in a relaxed style that never quite gets mellow in the pejorative sense. Clearly inspired by Wes Montgomery and George Benson's work with Creed Taylor, Loeb steers clear of the pitfalls endemic to that style, maintaining melodic interest while never merely playing prettily. Even the Brazilian-influenced "Sarao," which flirts with Chuck Mangione-style disco-pop thanks to the utterly retro ARP synth line and cooing female vocals, maintains its integrity thanks to some trickily precise soloing by Loeb and a rhythm section that actually has a bit of funk to it. All There Is is not for those raised on a diet of Ornette Coleman and ESP, but there's a place for mood music, and this does it better than most.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/21/2002
Label:
Shanachie
UPC:
0016351509024
catalogNumber:
5090
Rank:
107058

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chuck Loeb   Primary Artist,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards
David Mann   Flute,Drums,Keyboards,Saxophone
David Charles   Percussion
Carmen Cuesta   Vocals,Spoken Word
Barry Danielian   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Jeff Kashiwa   Soprano Saxophone
Will Lee   Bass,Fretless Bass Guitar
Mike Pope   Acoustic Bass
Andy Snitzer   Tenor Saxophone
Kirk Whalum   Tenor Saxophone
Mike Ricchiuti   Keyboards
Carmen Cuesta-Loeb   Vocals

Technical Credits

David Mann   Producer,Percussion Programming
Fred Kavorkian   Mastering
Chuck Loeb   Producer,Percussion Programming
Phil Magnotti   Producer,Engineer
Dennis Wall   Producer,Pro-Tools
Jack Hovey   Art Direction
Mike Ricchiuti   Producer
Danny Weiss   Executive Producer
Carmen Cuesta-Loeb   Producer

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