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Eric Marienthal And Chuck Loeb combine their worlds with the new album “Bridges”

Eric Marienthal And Chuck Loeb combine their worlds with the new album “Bridges”

Saxophonist Eric Marienthal and guitarist Chuck Loeb have a big influence in the smooth jazz and contemporary jazz world. They have performed or written on more than 50 singles in the top ten smooth jazz charts. The new album “Bridges” is a wonderful combination of two great talents, and it gives us a great number of very professional but also heart worming songs. Just as the title suggests, Bridges seeks to push the boundaries and explore diverse musical terrain. “Bridges” has ten songs:

  1. Westward,
  2. Crossing,
  3. Puentes,
  4. Last Minute Blues,
  5. Daily Bread,
  6. Lucky Southern,
  7. Salamanca,
  8. Duality,
  9. Sun Rays,
  10. Noir.

The album was published on August 21th, 2015 and the record label of the album is Shanachie Records. Marienthal and Loeb lead a tight band with bassist John Patitucci, drummer Byron Landham and percussionist David Charles.

Before they got together and started this project Eric and Chuck were already very successful. Eric started his professional career in 1980 with famed New Orleans trumpeter Al Hirt. After returning to Los Angeles Eric became a member of the Chick Corea Elektric Band. He recorded 6 CD’s with Chick Corea band and won 2 Grammy Awards. Eric went on to perform with artists such as Elton John, Barbara Streisand, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder and many others. Marienthal’s most recent solo recording is It’s Love on Peak Records. He’s written three instructional books and every summer for the past 17 years he has organized an annual fundraising concert for High Hopes, a non-profit organization in Orange County, California that works with people who have suffered traumatic head injuries.

Chuck Loeb studied with legendary guitarist Jim Hall and is also an alumnus of Berklee College of Music. He started his jazz career when he was only 16, and since then had many success. As of 2010, he plays guitar for Fourplay, Loeb has also played on commercials and numerous movie soundtracks including The Untouchables, You’ve Got Mail and Hitch. Chuck Loeb was also during a number of years the guitarist of the famous jazz-fusion band Steps Ahead, featuring Michael Brecker and Mike Mainieri. With 18 solo albums to his credit and two Grammy nominations Loeb has had an enviable career that has spanned four decades.

Bridges is not just another collaboration project of two experienced jazz musicians. Between both exists a chemistry and mutual understanding with which they have created, something great beyond the known genres, where this double act normally performs.

Milena Staniskovska

November 3rd, 2015

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