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CHUCK LOEB DIES....

Tuesday, 01 August 2017 19:00 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altVersatile jazz guitarist, CHUCK LOEB dies yesterday, July 31st. He was aged just 61 and had been suffering from cancer.

Born in December 1955, in Nyack, N.Y., Loeb took up the guitar aged just 11 and quickly became interested in jazz eventually enrolling at Berklee Music College (though he dropped out in 1976). Relocating to NYC, Loeb worked as sideman for people like Chico Hamilton, Ray Barretto, Hubert Laws and Freddie Hubbard then in '79 he joined Stan Getz's band. He then teamed up with Getz's keyboard player, Mitchell Foreman in the band Metro. From there Chuck moved on to work with Michael Brecker in Steps Ahead. In 2010 he replaced Larry Carlton in jazz "supergroup" Fourplay.

Chuck Loeb also recorded profusely as a solo artist and was responsible for countless TV jingles, TV and film themes. Despite all his high-profile musical status, Loeb was known by his associates as totally unassuming. A music critic on the New York Time dubbed him the "Clark Kent of jazz guitar," and the numerous tributes posted since his passing bear that out.

Chuck Loeb is survived by his wife Carmen Cuesta Loeb (whom he first met working with Stan Getz) and daughters Lizzy and Christina.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 August 2017 19:07

 

ON FIRE!

Tuesday, 01 August 2017 18:57 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altAlways one of the BIG tunes on SIMON LAWS' top 'Look To The Sky' album (see both our reviews and interview archive), 'Fire On Fire' has now won single release and it comes in a new storming Nigel Lowis remix – full of energy, pace and old school disco flavours... totally in keeping with the song's message: "The melody moves me as it tells my story. The beat and the bass line take me to glory!"

The new bass line, by the way, comes courtesy of top, top Soulful House bass player "Slickk Tim".

SIMON LAW - FIRE ON FIRE - NIGEL LOWIS MIXES - Released 4th Aug on Dome Records

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 August 2017 19:08

 

ON EVERY SIDE!

Tuesday, 01 August 2017 18:55 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altJAZZYD is a London born, Australian based soulful jazz producer who picked up plenty of plaudits with his single 'Wonder'. His latest release is a languid modern soul groove 'Every Side Of You' which features a sultry vocal from Deli Rowe.

Mr D says: "We captured something very powerful in the studio, and I think old fans and people checking out my work for the first time are both going to find something here that reaches out to them."

His press people say: "The song takes a fresh look at the possibilities of classy up-tempo soul, fused together with a thumping beat and baseline, some real nice 70's style Smooth Rhodes, all backed up by a jazzy style trumpet solo and beautiful soulful lyrics sung by Deli."

Make up your own minds when the cut is released on August 4th on AMAdea Music

 

BBQ TIME...

Friday, 28 July 2017 14:28 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'BBQ House' is the latest single from the intriguingly named DAVE MACALL'S ACID LOUNGE feat SOLID SAX. In essence, Dave is a mighty fine and in demand guitar man while "Solid Sax" is jazzer, Ian Thompson. Between them they've created something unusual but really infectious. You see 'BBQ House' is soulful house with a jazz undertow – a rhythm track of 124 bpm allowing the two protagonists to trade jazz licks!

The track's title? Well, it seems the duo had been invited to play at a BBQ at the house of Zero Radio founder Ian Reading and this is one of the tune's they came up with!

Sounds plausible to me and if you like your music a touch quirky it's well worth investigating.... available now as a download!

 

SHINE ON...

Friday, 28 July 2017 14:26 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altBack in June we previewed a great track - 'Sparkle' - from the exotically named DIMITRIS and SULENE. Research revealed that that Dimitris (Dimopoulos) is a Greek born music multi tasker who has worked with people like Steve Gadd, Jeff Lorber, Nathan East and Don Grusin while Sulene is no less than Sulene Fleming lead singer with the Brand new Heavies... little wonder the track oozed class and soul!

Well, we're now told that the duo's album is readily available and is named for that sparkling 'Sparkle' cut. It's a ten tracker with input from Dimitris' old mate Jeff Lorber. A sneak preview – we've heard two cuts, 'Electric Love' and 'Butterfly' - reveals the promise of 'Sparkle' is delivered..... soulful vocals, proper songs, jazzy production – what more do you want?

DIMITRIS AND SULENE'S 'Sparkle' is out now on Splash Music

Last Updated on Friday, 28 July 2017 14:46

 

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