The Love Song Collection

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
One of the most versatile of all East Coast contemporary jazz guitarists, Chuck Loeb was equally inspired to play screaming fusion as he was to write hip radio-ready smooth jazz hits and sweet candlelit gems. This nice collection definitely focuses on the latter, highlighting his low-key acoustic and electric playing on songs culled from his seven Shanachie releases from 1996-2005. Although the first two tracks, simple and lush renditions of the Babyface tunes "Water Runs Dry" and "Breathe Again," pale in comparison to thoughtful and soulful originals like "Blue Kiss" and "New Life" which features labelmate saxman and song co-writer Kim Waters, they show that Loeb was ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
One of the most versatile of all East Coast contemporary jazz guitarists, Chuck Loeb was equally inspired to play screaming fusion as he was to write hip radio-ready smooth jazz hits and sweet candlelit gems. This nice collection definitely focuses on the latter, highlighting his low-key acoustic and electric playing on songs culled from his seven Shanachie releases from 1996-2005. Although the first two tracks, simple and lush renditions of the Babyface tunes "Water Runs Dry" and "Breathe Again," pale in comparison to thoughtful and soulful originals like "Blue Kiss" and "New Life" which features labelmate saxman and song co-writer Kim Waters, they show that Loeb was ahead of the curve in smooth jazz; when the format went cover happy in the early \2000s, it was Kirk Whalum who did the first all-Babyface recording The Babyface Songbook. True to his adventurous musical sensibilities, Loeb doesn't totally play it safe when he's romantic. The chill tune "Stained Glass" originally from eBop is driven by otherworldly percussion textures and a slow burning swirl of electric guitar and Randy Becker's trumpet. By design, The Love Song Collection is not aimed to please fans of Loeb's wilder side, but it's a great reminder of his ability to compose beautiful melodies.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/16/2007
  • Label: Shanachie
  • UPC: 016351514424
  • Catalog Number: 5144
  • Sales rank: 128,622

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Water Runs Dry (4:57)
  2. 2 Breathe Again (5:02)
  3. 3 New Life (5:27)
  4. 4 Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight (5:33)
  5. 5 Blue Kiss (6:53)
  6. 6 Stained Glass (6:33)
  7. 7 Spanish Nights (4:53)
  8. 8 Shine On (5:35)
  9. 9 Bells (5:54)
  10. 10 Golden Heart (5:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chuck Loeb Primary Artist, Guitar, Keyboards
Nelson Rangell Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Kim Waters Soprano Saxophone
David Charles Percussion
Randy Brecker Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Carl Carter Bass
Lionel Cordew Drums
Carmen Cuesta Vocals
Zach Danziger Drums
Mitchel Forman Keyboards
Will Lee Bass
Mike Pope Acoustic Bass
Andy Snitzer Soprano Saxophone
Jon Werking Keyboards, Electric Piano
Wolfgang Haffner Drums
Clifford Carter Organ
Tim Lefebvre Bass
Mike Ricchiuti Piano, Keyboards
Brian Dunne Cymbals, Drums, Tom-Tom, Hi Hat
Josh Dion Percussion, Drums
David Andrew Mann Tenor Saxophone
Ron Jenkins Bass
Technical Credits
Kim Waters Composer
Carmen Cuesta Composer
Chuck Loeb Composer, Producer, drum programming, Percussion Programming
Andy Snitzer Composer
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds Composer
Elizabeth Loeb Composer
Christina Loeb Composer
Sandrine Lee Cover Photo
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