The Moon, the Stars and the Setting Sun

The Moon, the Stars and the Setting Sun

by Chuck Loeb Chuck Loeb
The Moon, the Stars and the Setting Sun

The Moon, the Stars and the Setting Sun

by Chuck Loeb Chuck Loeb


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Many smooth jazz artists view song titles as an afterthought, so it's refreshing to see guitarist Chuck Loeb play a romantic connect-the-dots with the names of the nine originals on The Moon, the Stars and the Setting Sun. Sure, it's a little corny to follow the sweet little tale strung together by ellipses (i.e. ."..the stars...above us...shine on...while we speak...of love and the setting sun") but it gives us a glimpse into Loeb's mindset of this sharply played, generally laid-back project. Sometimes, the stroll is melancholy. Over floating synth washes, he generates a crying effect via lengthy acoustic notes, which are echoed by the subdued Sanborn-esque touches of Nelson Rangell (on the swaying James Taylor cover "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight") and Andy Snitzer. Aware that listeners probably already know the sad lyrics, Loeb cries out over gentle synth drum beats on Boyz II Men's "Water Runs Dry." One of Loeb's trademarks is his ensemble-minded approach, and deferring to a lively two-minute Bob James keyboard solo on the Brazilian-flavored piece makes perfect sense; the disc offers the same sort of gently rhythmic flavors as a James-Earl Klugh collaboration.

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Product Details

Release Date: 01/20/1998
Label: Shanachie
UPC: 0016351503824
catalogNumber: 5038
Rank: 178771


  1. Just Us
  2. Beneath the Light
  3. ...Of the Moon...
  4. Hand in Hand
  5. Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
  6. ...The Stars...
  7. Above Us
  8. Shine On
  9. While We Speak
  10. ...Of Love and the Setting Sun
  11. Water Runs Dry

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chuck Loeb   Primary Artist,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards
Bob James   Piano
John Patitucci   Double Bass,Acoustic Bass
Nelson Rangell   Tenor Saxophone
David Charles   Percussion
Lionel Cordew   Drums
Carmen Cuesta   Vocals
Lawrence Feldman   Flute,Alto Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Mitchel Forman   Piano
Tony Kadleck   Flugelhorn
Will Lee   Bass,Bass Guitar
Larry Lunetta   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Rob Mathes   Vocals
Jim Pugh   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Bass Trombone,Tenor Trombone
Andy Snitzer   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jon Werking   Piano,Electric Piano
Peter Valentine   Vocals
Wolfgang Haffner   Drums
Clifford Carter   Organ
David Samuels   Marimbas
Tim Lefebvre   Bass,Bass Guitar
Peter Gordon   French Horn
Mike Ricchiuti   Keyboards
Christian Diener   Bass
Mel Brown   Bass,Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Ken Freeman   Engineer
Chuck Loeb   Arranger,Programming,Producer,drum programming,Audio Production
Phil Magnotti   Engineer
Dennis Wall   Engineer
Bruce Berky   Engineer
Danny Weiss   Producer,Executive Producer

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