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Listen [Chuck Loeb]
1. Silver Star
2. High Five
3. Love Is All
4. Right Down Broadway
7. Rock with You
11. Blue Kiss
12. Listen to the Sound
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 5057
Dennis Wall; Nick Lee; Steve Regina; Ken Freeman; Phil Magnotti
Personnel includes: Chuck Loeb (keyboards, guitar, drum & percussion programming); Carmen Cuesta (vocals); Kim Waters, Bill Evans (soprano saxophone); Jay Beckenstein, Walter Beasley (alto saxophone); David Mann (saxophone, flute); Jim Pugh (trombone, baritone horn); Bob James (piano); John Patitucci (acoustic bass); Will Lee (bass).
Principally recorded at BearTracks Studio, Suffern, New York.
Personnel: Chuck Loeb (guitar, Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, drum programming); Carmen Cuesta (vocals); Julio Fernandez (guitar); David Mann (flute, saxophone, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Lawrence Feldman (flute, saxophone); Gary Keller (flute, tenor saxophone); Kim Waters, Bill Evans (soprano saxophone); Jay Beckenstein, Walter Beasley (alto saxophone); Jim Pugh (baritone saxophone, trombone); Jim Hynes, Larry Lunetta (trumpet, flugelhorn); Howard Howard (French horn); Birch Johnson (trombone); Mike Ricchiuti (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, Clavinet, keyboards, synthesizer); Mitchel Forman, Bob James (piano); Jim Beard (Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards); John Patitucci (acoustic bass); Wolfgang Haffner (drums, cymbals); Lionel Cordew, Brian Dunne (drums); David Charles (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Dennis Wall; Ken Freeman; Phil Magnotti.
Recording information: Acme Recording, Mamaroneck, NY; Automotive Recoring, Irvington; Bear Tracks Recording Studio, S and D; Remidi Studios, Dobbs Ferry, NY.
Photographer: Isaml Lee.
Arranger: Mike Ricchiuti.
Chuck Loeb knows the secret to finding enduring success in the genre, even amidst growing competition by more and more up and coming guitarists who approximate his style: keep the listener guessing from tune to tune with unique stylistic and production curveballs. He's so effective at this that it's impossible to resist as he commands in the title of his new Shanachie disc: simply Listen. Keeping his crisp electric lines front and center, he darts and moves from the retro-soul clicking, synth strings, and rising horn combination of "Silver Star" to the fingersnap percussion, hypnotic cymbal rolls, Gary Keller's flute harmony, and Jim Beard's shimmering Fender Rhodes foundation on "High Five." It's a kick keeping up with his mood swings; Loeb restrains himself wrapping around Mark Egan's spacy basslines and Kim Waters' soprano on "Love Is All," then stirs up the frenetic fusion activity of "Right Down Broadway" with Mitch Forman's jump or else piano groove and more of those sassy horns. He even keeps a cover of Michael Jackson's "Rock with You" from slipping away into Muzakville by shifting from high to low string tones and trading off melody lines with Walter Beasley's alto. ~ Jonathan Widran
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Shanachie Records SHANCD 5057
E1 Distribution (USA)
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