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Presence

Chuck Loeb

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Album Review

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.

Customer Reviews

Wonderful Guitar Playing

Chuck Loeb is a wonderful guitar player. I watched him on BET Studio Jams where he and other musicians jam over a few songs. He was awesome. I also like Marc Antoine, Shane Isenberg and Peter White.

Great songs

Chuck Loeb includes 12 great songs on this album. All of them are relaxing, although they very in tempo. These songs ALMOST are as perfect as Tropical (which should have benn rated #1 in 2005, and is the second best song ever, beaten by Channel 1 Suite by Buddy Rich). This album is overall Loeb's best, but Tropical still owns every other song in the universe. (except Channel 1 Suite)

ABYSSJAZZ Magazine February 2007

My people… the renaissance man himself, Chuck Loeb, has unleashed his guitar brilliance once again, with the release of Presence and it is absolutely fabulous. The eleven track record kicks it all off with good to go, a playful, but relaxed rock-steady vibe, followed up with a laid back version of Steely Dan’s 1974 classic, Rikki Don’t Loose That Number. I really felt this project within moments of listening to it. Starting over and presence just absolutely penetrates the soul and captures the heart. Loeb just seems to effortlessly create great music and for that gift, I thank him.

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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