Two For Tuesday: Chuck Loeb (Encore Presentation)

Another encore presentation, this from almost exactly six years ago.

I have wanted to feature Chuck Loeb for several weeks now, as we did Fourplay three weeks ago and Chuck replaced Larry Carlton as the guitarist in 2010. Today’s videos come from a gig at London’s Pizza Express in October 2010, courtesy of Jimi King at Sky.FM Smooth Jazz. Personnel include Chuck on guitar, Oli Silk on keyboards, Frank Felix on bass, and Andrew Small on drums. The first tune here is “Sarao,” originally recorded on Chuck’s 2002 Shanachie release All There Is. The second is a cover of “Rock With You,” which Michael Jackson originally recorded on his 1983 album Off The Wall.

For once here, I’m going to shut up and let you enjoy. You can find out more about him at his official website. Enjoy!

Sadly, Chuck passed away in 2017 at the age of 61. He was just a few months older than I.

Two for Tuesday: Pat Metheny (Encore Presentation)

An encore presentation from December 3, 2013.

Back in the mid-’70’s, when I was still at Northwestern, I took my then-girlfriend to see vibraphonist Gary Burton at Amazingrace in Evanston. Playing in his band was a young guitarist named Pat Metheny. I sat there amazed that the guy could get the music he was playing out of one guitar.

Pat was born in a suburb of Kansas City, Mo. He started playing the trumpet at age 8 and switched to the guitar when he was 12, learning to play by listening to Wes Montgomery records and playing along. The rest of the world learned of him in 1974, when he joined Burton’s band, and in the forty years since, he’s recorded a tremendous amount of music as a solo artist, in duets and trios with other musicians, and with his bands, The Pat Metheny Group and his newest, the Pat Metheny Unity Group, announced on his website a month ago.

Our first tune is “Three Flights Up,” from his 1989 album Question and Answer, recorded with bassist Dave Holland and drummer Roy Haynes.

This is “Last Train Home,” from, the Pat Metheny Group’s 1987 release, Still Life (Talking). He plays the Roland GR-300 guitar synthesizer on this one.

Pat Metheny, your Two for Tuesday, December 3, 2013.

Two For Tuesday: Zachary Breaux

Believe it or not, I found a Smooth Jazz artist whose name fits both the letter of the day (Z) for the A to Z Chalenge as well as my theme (words containing an X).

Zachary Breaux was a jazz guitarist who was influenced by George Benson and Wes Montgomery. As a sideman, he worked with jazz greats such as Roy Ayers, Donald Byrd, Stanley Turrentine, Jack McDuff and others. As a solo artist, he recorded three albums before his untimely death at 36 in 1997.

Zachary recorded “Comin’ Home Baby,” a jazz standard by Ben Tucker, live for his 1992 album Groovin’, recorded live at Ronnie Scott’s club in New York.

“Café Reggio” is a song written by Isaac Hayes’s soundtrack for the 1971 film Shaft. Zachary recorded this for his last album, 1997’s Uptown Groove.

Zachary was in Miami Beach on vacation with his family in February 1997 when he tried to save a woman caught in the riptide. He himself was caught in the riptide and suffered a fatal heart attack. The woman he tried to save also died.

Zachary Breaux, your Two for Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

Two for Tuesday: Terry Disley

I know London-born keyboardist Terry Disley from his work with Acoustic Alchemy in the ’80’s and ’90’s. He’s worked with acts such as Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Van Morrison, and others. Since relocating to San Francisco a few years ago, he’s formed his own band, The Terry Disley Experience, and they’ve recorded seven albums, including a live album, a Christmas album (The Jazzcracker and Other Delights), a tribute album to the West Coast jazz scene, and Brubeck vs. Guaraldi, a tribute to those two jazz greats.

From his 2008 release London Underground, here is “Miramar.”

From his 2003 album Experience, “3 Arabian Nights.”

His website indicates that he plays on Thursdays through Sundays at the Miramar Beach Restaurant in Half Moon Bay, California, and at The Grotto on Fisherman’s Wharf on Tuesdays.

Terry Disley, your Two for Tuesday, April 23, 2019.

Two for Tuesday: Nick Colionne

There’s a story about Nick Colionne, who started playing professionally at 15 years old: He would play in the clubs around Chicago, and to appear older he’d draw a mustache on himself with eyeliner. One night, his grandmother caught wind that he was playing in a club, went down to the club, wiped the mustache off of him, and hauled him home.

He managed to grow up and divides his time between being a smooth jazz guitarist and being an elementary school teacher in Elgin, Illinois. His first album, It’s My Turn, was released in 1994, and his most current release is last year’s Just Being Me.

From 2016’s The Journey, here is “Morning Call.”

From 2006’s Keepin’ It Cool (recorded in part at The Soundbank in Northfield, Illinois, my hometown while I was in high school and college), here is “Can You Feel It.”

Nick doesn’t have a web page, but there is a fan page on Facebook, and AllMusic has lots of good information.

Nick Colionne, your Two for Tuesday, April 16, 2019.