Chuck Loeb Scales Back For Upcoming CD

Smooth jazz guitarist Chuck Loeb has completed a new CD titled Between 2 Worlds that was recorded in New York and Berlin. Loeb says the CD dispenses with much of the technology of his previous recordings and instead focuses on the basic trio of guitar, bass and drums. But he does get contributions from smooth jazz superstars, including Brian Culbertson, who has a trombone solo, and saxophonist Eric Marienthal, as well as trumpeter Till Bronner and bassists Gerald Veasley and Will Lee.

The CD also features vocal contributions from Loeb�s wife, Carmen Cuesta, and daughter, Lizzy Loeb. Titles include the cover track and James Taylor's �Mean Old Man,� as well as �Let�s Go,� �Mittens,� �Let�s Play� and �Hiram,� the latter a tribute to the late guitarist Hiram Bullock. In addition, the song �360� is dedicated to fellow guitarist Pat Metheny.

Between 2 Worlds will be released by Heads Up on March 24.