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Between 2 Worlds

Chuck Loeb

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Album Review

Creatively, Chuck Loeb has had his ups and downs over the years. Some of his albums have been disappointing, but other Loeb releases have been a lot more memorable. The self-produced Between 2 Worlds, it turns out, is among the veteran guitarist's more consistent efforts — not to mention one of his more organic. Excessive production has been a problem for Loeb at times; having a great deal of production and programming is fine for electronica, new age, and hip-hop, but it can become quite an albatross in a medium such as improvisation-driven as jazz. Thankfully, Loeb doesn't overproduce on Between 2 Worlds, and his lyrical guitar playing has plenty of room to breathe this time. In terms of production, less is undeniably more on an album that emphasizes pop-jazz but also contains some straight-ahead post-bop. Between 2 Worlds, which was recorded in New York City and Berlin, Germany, tends to be commercial, although it is tastefully commercial. "360" and "Early Turns to Late," for example, fall into the easy listening category, but they have some substance and avoid becoming outright "elevator muzak"; the same goes for Brazilian-flavored items such as "Hiram," the title track, and Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Só Tinha de Ser Com Você" (which features singer Carmen Cuesta). Meanwhile, "Let's Play" and "The Great Hall" (as in Jim Hall) are straight-ahead post-bop, and this 65-minute CD moves into funky soul-jazz territory on "Mittens" and the boogaloo-ish "Let's Go" (both of which feature saxophonist Eric Marienthal, formerly of Chick Corea's Elektric Band). Between 2 Worlds isn't a remarkable album, but it is definitely a good, satisfying album — and the fact that Loeb's guitar playing isn't suffocated by an unnecessary amount of production is obviously a plus.

Customer Reviews

Good Background

I do not mean this as anything other than a compliment - this is a great background album. I spend a lot of hours reading, writing and studying and this album works well behind the scenes. It encourages me on, keeps me awake, but does not get in the way.

Chuck... Jack of all trades

Chuck Loeb may not be one of the most, "Well Known" artists out there. But his style, and accomplishments should be commended. His skill is above most in the music industry, and obviously has the skill to pass his skill on to his daughter; Who has a PHENOMINAL voice, and a great skill at guitar. It's all in the genes... Oh, and her mother (chucks wife)... is Carmen Cuesta.... Talent runs through this blood. No Doubt

Has to be his best!

there is not a lot to say other than well done, you have out done yourself! Always good to see you at the Rehoboth Beach Jazz Fest. Good luck on another summer tour

Biography

Born: July 12, 1955 in Suffern, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A skillful guitarist capable of playing any style of music, Chuck Loeb's own solo projects have generally been commercially successful crossover jazz, which has been classified through the years as "contemporary" or "smooth" jazz. He started playing guitar when he was 11; discovered jazz when he was 16; took lessons from Jim Hall, Pat Metheny, and Joe Puma; and attended the Berklee College of Music. Loeb freelanced in New York (with Hubert Laws, Chico Hamilton, and Joe Farrell, among others) and...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Mar 24, 2009

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