Smooth Jazz Festival Mallorca 2015: Chuck Loeb

The last performer of the festival was guitarist Chuck Loeb, who just flew in from NY the day before, he was in fine form and ready to play. With his wife being from Spain, he had personal relationship with this country and even addressed the audience in Spanish. He was accompanied by the house band (Finnie, Asbeck and Deterra), the first song played was "Silver Lining" from his latest release Silhouette, a song that would also be a perfect choice for Fourplay, the all-star band he also plays with. Next was one of his biggest smooth jazz hits, the awesome "The Music Inside", where he pulled all the stops, before he got a lot jazzier with "Appreciation". After having appreciated his love for James Taylor, he did his rendition of "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" that went down very well, before he did the Joe Zawinul composition "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy", made by famous by Cannonball Adderley, with guest Paul Brown on guitar, which was another memorable performance. Then he played "Lucas", dedicated to his daughters, that had an introspective intro, before the song built to a great climax. This song marked the end of his set, he returned for one encore together with Paul Brown, doing a Blues shuffle trading licks between guitars, plus some spirited solos by all members of the band. This great show was well received and marked the end of the festival.

This was another exciting and memorable Smooth Jazz Festival Mallorca that provided many great musical moments, meeting artists and being among your fellow music aficionados from all across the world, making us a big smooth jazz family. Mark your calendar for next year's 5th edition which takes place April 28 - May 1, 2016.