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Eric Marienthal and Chuck Loeb – Bridges

Saxophonist Eric Marienthal and guitarist Chuck Loeb are both veteran musicians of the smooth jazz and contemporary jazz world. Who should do the extra work to count their albums, will have a Sisyphean task. Both have performed or written on more than 50 singles in the top ten smooth jazz charts.

Although both have shared stage on many events and also played on albums together, Bridges is their first joint venture. The album starts with the dreamy Westward. With pizzicato guitar strings and soprano sax Eric and Chuck create a sound atmosphere in soft shades.

The romantic Crossing features Byron Landham, John Patitucci & David Charles. This tune will be the first single of the album. Chuck Loeb has long been a soft spot for the Spanish music. This he lives entirely on Puentes.

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Eric Marienthal & Chuck Loeb – Bridges

BridgesBridges is the sublime collaboration of 2 of the most renowned instrumentalists in Jazz! Between them, saxophonist Eric Marienthal and guitarist Chuck Loeb have either written, produced, or performed on more than 50 Top 10 Smooth Jazz radio singles. Both have thrilled audiences around the world for more than 20 years as solo artists and featured artists in various groups: Marienthal with the likes of Chick Corea, The Rippingtons, Keiko Matsui, and Jeff Lorber and Loeb as co-leader of Fourplay and Jazz Funk Soul.

Bridges represents these Smooth Jazz icons at their best, but it is more than just a Smooth Jazz album. As the title suggests, these Soundscapes bridge the gap between the commercial world of Smooth Jazz, the tranquility of New Age music, and the more artistic explorations that are at the heart of the true Jazz experience! Highlights of the 10 Marienthal/Loeb originals include “Crossings”, the haunting ballad and first single, the soulful and bluesy “Duality”, the romantic “Noir” and much more!

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The Alex Goodman Quintet – Bridges

Those who think public support of the arts is a case of government gone awry haven’t heard Alex Goodman. Supported financially by the Department of Canadian Heritage, with further support from the Ontario Arts Council, the acclaimed guitarist releases his third recording, Bridges (Connection Point Records, 2011).

The band is comprised of Goodman; Nick Morgan on alto and soprano saxophones, clarinet and bass clarinet; Darcy Myronuk on piano and Rhodes; Dan Fortin on bass; and Maxwell Roach on drums.

“Checklist” is a sweeping piece that features alto sax and bass clarinet blending for the opening melody. The song shifts gears several times, from 3/4 to 4/4. Morgan is out front for much of the way, but the supporting players are deeply involved. It’s all stop around the five-minute mark, when the band downshifts for Goodman’s lead.

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