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Celebrated Smooth Jazz Guitarist
CHUCK LOEB

"UNSPOKEN" CD HIGHLIGHTS
1. Unspoken
Si Se Puede
Cotton Club
Way Up High
(feat. Vocalist
Carmen Questa /
written by
Lizzy Loeb)

More Classic Hits...
2, The Music Inside
3. Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
4. Geraldine
5. In A Heartbeat
(
feat. Brandon Singleton - vocals)
6. Blue Kiss
7. Llevame
(feat. Carmen Cuesta - vocals)
8. Serious Business
9. Lucky Southern
10. Mr. Martino
(Live At Java Jazz Festival 2009)
Special Guest Artist Online Interview Feature...
CHUCK LOEB
GRAMMY NOMINATED SMOOTH JAZZ GUITARIST COMPOSER AND PRODUCER
www.chuckloeb.com
Original  OL Records Artist Interview: December 2016


OL Quote Pick of the Guest Artist's Interview!

On the title track "Unspoken"...

"I hope people enjoy the song as I put every ounce of my heart and soul into it.
"

Chuck Loeb

Tropical Heart CD
HAPPY HOLIDAYS OL INTERVIEW!


OL:
"UNSPOKEN" ...The Grammy Nominated 2016 New CD Release of SMOOTH JAZZ GUITARIST GREAT ... CHUCK LOEB is here to hang out with OL, as the November 2016 Guest Artist on the Oceanliner Notes OL Series! With all due respect, there is nothing 'Unspoken' about the legacy of this Artist's incredible recording Career...Composer, Arranger & Performer...Guitarist Impressario; Chuck Loeb has done it all! All of the OL Readers, worldwide, will get to hear 'The Music Inside' of one of Smooth Jazz's most celebrated and revered Musicians. Beyond the scope of Chuck Loeb's amazing Solo Career, he has collaborated with some of best in the Music Industry... From the great Stan Getz, to Michael Brecker, Hubert Laws, Brian Culbertson & the list goes on.

OL
:
Guitarist Chuck Loeb...A member of the Grammy Nominated Smooth Jazz Band, FOURPLAY... with the Legendary (Bob James - keyboards, Nathan East - Bass Guitar & Harvey Mason - Drums); mixing it up nicely, in Smooth Jazz, R&B, AC & Pop formats. With a treasured Discography of Smooth Jazz Classics, including their CD Release, "Silver..." This is just another dynamic dimension of our featured Guest Artist Chuck Loeb, celebrating his phenomenal Music Career. As we will be traveling through Chuck Loeb's vast Discography, including his artistic & commercially top-selling CD's... from "The Moon, the Stars and the Setting Sun", to "Listen," "In A Heartbeat," "Presence," "Bridges," just to highlight, some of his shining recordings, with over 20 CD's to his credit.

OL
:
Chuck Loeb
, a 2015 Grammy Nominee for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for "Jazz Funk Soul"...also featuring Jeff Lorber and Everette Harp, for the Shanachie Records. has been quite a busy Guy, to say the least. This month, OL also looks forward to covering Mr. Loeb's TV and Music Jingles credits. So, let's get started!

OL
:
Welcome Chuck, it's great to have You on Oceanlight, for what will be a Holiday Speical Interview on the Oceanliner Notes Monthly Series, December 2016. How's it going?

Chuck Loeb
:
Well, its been an interesting time for me. I have had some health issues lately, and have had to cancel a few shows as a result of a hospital stay..., but I am feeling a lot better now, and am anxious to get back in the swing of things.In fact I just got back from some gigs with Jazz Funk Soul and we had a great time.

OL
:
Chuck,
we're so happy to hear that you're on the  healing path; truely music to our ears... We wish You and your Family a warm Holiday Season and on your resuming touring! As we also feature some of your tracks samples then & now... One of our favorite tracks: the title track "Unspoken." The sound of this track is the epitome of a what a smooth groove should be. Where did the dream and direction for this title track come from?

Chuck Loeb
:
I am so glad you brought up this track. It is a very important one to me (I guess that's obvious by being the title track...) it is inspired by two of my very favorite songs, by two of my favorite musical groups: Earth Wind & Fire's "After The Love Is Gone" and Pat Metheney Group's "Something To Remind You." In fact I sent the song to Pat and got a very nice response from him. But it is also a song that happened very spontaneously - it just sort of came to me as I was practicing the guitar and sort of 'wrote itself'. Then I have the great fortune of having the great Brian Culbertson and my dear friend Nathan East on the track as well as the first time I used another guitarist to play rhythm on one of my songs -- the incredible Michael Thompson, one of the most in demand studio musicians ever. A cool side note is that both Michael and I studied with Pat up in Boston back in the '70's.... I hope people enjoy the song as I put every ounce of my heart and soul into it.

OL
:
Putting your heart and soul into "Unspoken" is indeed an understatement, Chuck. We here at OL, really love it! And your mentioned of these great Artists, including the legendary  Earth, Wind & Fire, of which we have a tribute this month to the great Marice White, speaks for itself. As we will be highlighting your extraordinary catalog of your recordings throughout your Career, Chuck. You are well established and celebrated as one of the top Smooth Jazz Artists in the Music Business. How important is it to You to incorporate other genres of music into your repertoire, which You do so well?

Chuck Loeb
:
That is very important to me. I consider being eclectic in my influences an important part of who I am as a musician; growing up on Rock, Folk Blues and R&B and then immersing myself in Jazz... Brazilian and classical and Latin music too.... that is what makes our genre so cool.

OL
:
Chuck
, You pretty much have an All-Star Cast on this "Unspoken" CD... From a multitude of famed Musician Friends... Nathan East, to Will Lee, Brian Culbertson, Everette Harp, Jeff Lorber, Eric Marienthal, Andy Snitzer, Till Brönner, Mitchel Forman, Michael Thompson, Ron 'Buttercup' Jenkins, Tom Kennedy, Pat Bianchi, Brian Dunne, Gary Novak, Joel Rosenblatt, David Mann, Mike Davis, Tony Kadleck, mixed by Phil Magnotti. And yes, your very Multi-talented Family... Carmen Cuesta, Lizzy Cuesta & Christina Loeb. What was is like to work with all of these wonderful Guest Artists?

Chuck Loeb
:
I can sum it up in two words: the best. Also it is amazing that I can count on this extraordinary group of talents as some of my best friends too. I am truly blessed.

OL
:
Yes Chuck, making music together with great Musicians and Friends like these, is always 'the best'."Cotton Club," an upbeat and cool swing track, is your first single out on your :Unspoken" CD. We love it! It must have been hard to pick the first track, given each track on this CD has special moments and a signature magic to it. Congratulations... how does it feel, now climbing the Top 10 Billboard Smooth Jazz Charts?

Chuck Loeb
:
I never get tired of that!!! Being among the other great artists on that chart....on that song I was inspired by Weather Report on that song and hopefully grabbed a tiny bit of their magic.

OL
:
Of course, Oceanlight is always into the Latin styled music. Your "Si Se Puede" is performed with an relax mid-tempo flow and feel... & a nice hook. How important is having a hook in a song, when it comes to your own recordings?

Chuck Loeb
:
In the studio, Nathan East and I joke around saying "Don't be a shnook, get to the hook!"Hahahahahahaha. It is quite important to me.

OL
:
Who were some of your musical influences, growing up?

Chuck Loeb
:
The Beatles
, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, all the Motown groups, Wes Montgomery, Miles Davis.... it's really too long a list....

OL
:
You started playing professionally as early as the 70's?

Chuck Loeb
:
indeed. I started out when I was 13 and I'm still gigging!

OL
:
Chuck
, in your early years, you've studied with Guitarist Pro's; Dennis Sandole, and Jim Hall. What was the one thing that you took away from each of these Legendary Artists?

Chuck Loeb
:
Dennis
gave me the idea of knowing the guitar backwards and forwards, Jim showed me the importance of economy of notes and making them count.

OL
:
Another one of your new tracks, "Way Up High," is a masterful collaboration with you Wife, Carmen Questa. A really suave bossa nova- styled vocal track, sung with her comfort zone style and played with your smooth guitar riffs... Tell us about this collaboration?

Chuck Loeb
:
It's the most natural thing in the world to collaborate with the love of my life, and my best friend. She brings out the best in me. The song was written by our daughter Lizzy and I think it's a gem.

OL
:
No doubt, we love this gem, too. What a talented Family you have. All the best. As a New York Native, from Nyack, you got to work with a lot of great Musicians in the Big Apple Music Scene... namely, American Jazz Saxophonist Legend Stan Getz's Band. What was it like, working with this great Music Icon, and what was your favorite song set to perform with him?

Chuck Loeb
:
I loved playing Lushlife by Billy Strayhorn with Stan. He played almost every night and it never sounded less than totally inspired, ever. I learned an immense amount in those years with Stan.

OL
:
What was the first Night Club in NYC that you played in?

Chuck Loeb
:
Oh geez.... can't really remember that....

OL
:
Okay, fair enough. Where was your first International tour and with what Group of Musicians?

Chuck Loeb
:
1976 with Gloria Gaynor right out of college....

OL
:
Chuck
, as a member of the Shanachie (Bass & Mandolin) Label Group, 'Jazz Funk Soul' Trio, with Music's best, (Jeff Lorber - keyboards, Everette Harp - Saxophone), and Nominees for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album "More Serious Business," Danny Weiss (Executive Producer)... you've attended the Grammy's recently. How did it feel to be on the Nominee ballot, and have the light or recognition shine on your Group, & on the famous red carpet, for this great CD?

Chuck Loeb
:
I went with my daughter Christina and had the time of our lives. So much fun. But next time I want to win one!

OL
:
For sure we're pulling for a 'win one' on your "unspoken" CD!! What's your favorite track on this nominated "More Serious Business" 2015 CD?

Chuck Loeb
:
I like "Serious Business"

OL
:
Thank you very much Chuck, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview Holiday special interview?

Chuck Loeb
:
it's my pleasure! Thank you!

OL
:
Many thanks to Smooth Jazz Guitarist CHUCK LOEB... for sharing with the OL Readers a Holiday moment and giving OL some of his best Career highlights, and on his latest  "UNSPOKEN." Grammy Nominated CD; make sure that you put this on your Christmas and New Year list! Come back right here on OL for next month's Guest Artist in the coming 2017 New Year!

OL
:
Thank you all for visiting OL's Oceanliner Notes Seriesfor this Holiday Season. Happy New Year 2017!

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