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Presence [Chuck Loeb]

  • 1. Good to Go
    2. Rikki Don't Lose That Number
    3. Window of the Soul
    4. Starting Over
    5. Llevame
    6. Presence
    7. Music Outside, The
    8. Western Sky, The
    9. Hangin' with You
    10. Mr. Martino
    11. Shed a Little Light
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 3117

  • Credits
    ProducerChuck Loeb; Michael Colina
    EngineerChuck Loeb; Dennis Wall; Manfred Knoop; Phil Magnotti

    Personnel: Chuck Loeb (guitar, Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, bass synthesizer, drum programming, percussion programming); Mitchel Forman (strings); Andy Snitzer (alto saxophone); Till Brnner (trumpet, flugelhorn); Christian Diener (acoustic bass); Wolfgang Haffner, Brian Dunne (drums); Dave Mann (flute, saxophone); Lizzy Loeb (flute); Matt King, Mike Ricchiuti (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, organ); Josh Dion (drums, percussion); Nathan Ecklund, Wolfgang Hafner, Ron "Buttercup" Jenkins, Will Lee , Brian Killeen, Carl Carter, Carmen Cuesta.
    Audio Mixers: Chuck Loeb; Dennis Wall; Phil Magnotti.
    Editor: Chuck Loeb.
    Though he occasionally branches out into other styles, Chuck Loeb is at heart, a pop-oriented smooth jazz guitarist. Presence finds Loeb smack in the middle of his comfort zone. "Llevame" adds some Latin percussion and murmured female vocals, "The Western Sky" incorporates a vaguely new age synth wash, and "The Music Outside" flirts a bit with quiet storm R&B, but at heart, this is utterly straightforward smooth jazz with Loeb's laid-back, tasty soloing front and center. Even the pair of pop covers, Steely Dan's "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" and James Taylor's "Shed a Little Light," are transformed into showcases for Loeb's inimitable style. Unapologetically mellow and buffed to a high-sheen gloss, Presence is smooth jazz for folks who think they just don't make smooth jazz records like this anymore. ~ Stewart Mason

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (p.130) - "[W]here the music is strong, it's positively Herculean....Loeb has made a cool and progressive contemporary jazz CD that does the genre proud."
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