Chuck Loeb – Plain ‘N’ Simple
Tweety Records is proud to present Chuck Loeb’s latest CD Plain ‘n’Simple, his seventeenth as a solo artist. It is an organ trio project, featuring Pat Bianchi on the keys and pedals, and Chuck’s fellow Fourplay band member Harvey Mason on drums. The CD represents a new direction for Chuck, while at the same time harkening back to his earliest influences as a jazz guitarist. From the beginning, he was drawn to the organ trio sound by his love for the early Wes Montgomery records, as well as the hallmark Jimmy Smith recordings of the 1960’s. The repertoire includes eight Loeb originals, two gems penned by Mason, and a couple of standards too.
The trio is joined by some very special guests as well: Chuck’s wife, vocalist Carmen Cuesta joins in with a beautiful version of the Brazilian classic “É Com Esse Que Vou Eu”, with Will Lee added on bass. Another family member, Loeb and Cuesta’s daughter, Lizzy Loeb offers her unique and enchanting take on the Hoagy Carmichael/Johnny Mandel chestnut “Skylark”. There is some tasty percussion from David Charles and Mauricio Zottarelli, and melodic lines and white hot solos from sax man Eric Marienthal, and trumpeter Till Brönner.
The music is swinging, funky, lush and exciting from note one, and stays that way to the very last drop. Chuck’s fans will find the excellence in playing, sound, and production that they have come to expect from him, as well experiencing a side of the artist that they may have never heard before.