Chuck Loeb – Plain ‘n’ Simple

Known largely for his contributions to the format known as smooth jazz, guitarist Chuck Loeb ventures outside the norm with Plain ‘n’ Simple (Tweety Records, 2011), a cool set of mostly original music, performed by the trio of Loeb, drummer Harvey Mason and organist Pat Bianchi.

From the first song to the last, this 12-track set is delightful, fresh and presents a different side of Loeb than we’re used to. And while the music seems it’s from the 1950s or ’60s, all but three songs are original – two penned by Mason, the rest by Loeb.

The trio is supplemented on selected tracks by Loeb’s wife, Carmen Cuesta, daughter Lizzy Loeb, bassist Will Lee, percussionists Mauricio Zoratelli and David Charles, trumpeters Till Bronner and Nathan Eklund, and saxophonist Eric Marienthal.

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