Chuck Loeb

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Chuck Loeb
Birth name Charles Samuel Loeb
Born (1955-12-07)December 7, 1955
Nyack, New York, U.S.
Died July 31, 2017(2017-07-31) (aged 61)
Genres Jazz, jazz fusion, smooth jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer, record producer, arranger
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1970s–2017
Labels Pony Canyon, DMP, Shanachie, Heads Up
Associated acts

Charles Samuel "Chuck" Loeb (December 7, 1955 – July 31, 2017) was an American jazz guitarist and a member of the groups Steps Ahead and Fourplay.

Early years and education[edit]

Loeb was born in Nyack, New York, near New York City. At a young age, he listened to Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Cream, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan. According to a 2005 JazzTimes article, the first song he learned on guitar was Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone", which he would later play at a guest appearance with Dylan.[1] He discovered jazz when he was sixteen through the music of guitarists Wes Montgomery, George Benson, John McLaughlin, and Pat Martino.[2] At that point, Loeb chose to become a musician and "never thought of doing anything else".[3]

He studied with local music teachers, then traveled to Philadelphia and became a student of jazz guitarist Dennis Sandole. In New York City, he learned from Jim Hall.[4] For two years he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, then left in 1976 to seek professional work in New York City.

Groups[edit]

In New York, Loeb played with Chico Hamilton, Ray Barreto, and Hubert Laws. Starting in 1979, he was a member of Stan Getz's group.[5] Getz later became the best man at his wedding to singer Carmen Cuesta.[1] Loeb and Mitchel Forman, who was also in Getz's group, formed the jazz fusion band Metro (1994).[6] In the 1980s, he was a member of the group Steps Ahead, which included Michael Brecker, someone Loeb credits as an influence.[7] He replaced Larry Carlton as guitarist in Fourplay (2010).[8]

Loeb and his wife have recorded together, with Cuesta providing vocals on his albums and Loeb playing on Cuesta's albums,[9] and their daughters Lizzy and Christina contributing vocals.[10]

Solo career[edit]

Loeb began a solo career in 1988 with his debut album My Shining Hour on the Japanese record label Pony Canyon. He released subsequent albums on DMP Digital Music Products until receiving commercial success with Shanachie Records on The Music Inside (1996). The title song from the album held the number one position on the jazz charts for six weeks.[4] Later, he produced Moon, the Stars, & the Setting Sun (1998), Listen(1999) In a Heartbeat (2001), and All There Is (2002).

Loeb's music has appeared on TV shows, commercials,[3] and movie soundtracks, including The Untouchables, You've Got Mail, and Hitch.

Death[edit]

Loeb died of cancer on July 31, 2017, at the age of 61.[11]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

# year title label notes
1 1988 My Shining Hour Pony Canyon, Jazz City
2 1989 Magic Fingers DMP with Andy LaVerne
3 1990 Life Colors DMP
4 1991 Balance DMP
5 1993 Mediterranean DMP
6 1994 Simple Things DMP 1994

"Metro" Lipstick Records 1995 "Tree People" Lipstick Records

7 1996 The Music Inside Shanachie
8 1998 The Moon, the Stars and the Setting Sun Shanachie
9 1999 Listen Shanachie
10 2001 In a Heartbeat Shanachie
11 2002 All There Is Shanachie
12 2003 eBop Shanachie
13 2005 When I'm With You Shanachie
14 2007 Presence Heads Up
15 2009 Between 2 Worlds Heads Up
16 2011 Plain 'n' Simple Tweety
17 2013 Silhouette Shanachie
18 2014 Jazz Funk Soul Shanachie with Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp
19 2015 Bridges Shanachie with Eric Marienthal
20 2016 More Serious Business Shanachie with Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp
21 2016 Unspoken Shanachie

With Metro[edit]

# year title label notes
1 1994 Metro Lipstick Records
2 1995 Tree People Lipstick Records
3 2000 Metrocafe Hip Bop Records
4 2002 Grapevine Hip Bop Records
5 2004 Live At The A-Trane Marsis Jazz
6 2007 Express Marsis Jazz
7 2015 Big Band Boom Jazzline with WDR Big Band

With the Fantasy Band[edit]

# year title label notes
1 1993 The Fantasy Band DMP
2 1994 Sweet Dreams DMP
3 1997 The Kiss Shanachie

Compilations[edit]

year title label comments
2004 The Couch Potato All-Stars Shanachie with Eric Alexander, Kim Waters, Dave Samuels, Randy Brecker, Dave Mann, David Finck, Mike Ricchiuti, Brian Dunne, David Charles, Ron Jenkins, Michael Pope
2007 The Love Song Collection Shanachie Compilation
2009 No. 1 Smooth Jazz Radio Hits Shanachie Compilation

Live albums[edit]

year title label comments
2003 Live 1994 AA (Japan) With Adam Holzman, Paul Wertico

With Stan Getz

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Adler, David R. (June 2005). "Jazz Departments - Chuck Loeb". jazztimes.com. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  2. ^ Wood, James (November 28, 2012). "Guitarist Chuck Loeb Discusses New Fourplay Album and the Allure of Smooth Jazz". guitarworld.com. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Balancing the demands of life and music". Reading Eagle. March 25, 2007. Retrieved June 21, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Chuck Loeb @ All About Jazz". allaboutjazz.com. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  5. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Chuck Loeb Biography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved August 1, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Metro Jazz: Early History". Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  7. ^ "Chuck Loeb, Guitarist, Composer, Arranger, Producer, Educator, Recording Artist". Chuck Loeb. Retrieved 20 September 2016. 
  8. ^ Mergner, Lee (February 15, 2010). "Larry Carlton Leaving Fourplay". jazztimes.com. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  9. ^ Goodstein, Jack (February 1, 2014). "Music Review: Carmen Cuesta - 'Toda Una Vida'". seattlepi.com. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Silhouette - Chuck Loeb". allmusic.com. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Chuck Loeb, Guitarist and Composer, Dies at 61". Jazz Times. August 1, 2017. Retrieved August 1, 2017. 

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