Bridges is the sublime collaboration of 2 of the most renowned instrumentalists in Jazz! Between them, these two smooth jazz artists, saxophonist Eric Marienthal and guitarist Chuck Loeb have either written, produced or performed on more than 50 Top 10 Smooth Jazz radio singles! Both have thrilled audiences around the world for more than 20 years as solo artists and featured artists in various groups: Marienthal with the likes of Chick Corea, The Rippingtons, Keiko Matsui and Jeff Lorber and Loeb as co-leader of Fourplay and Jazz Funk Soul! Bridges represents these Smooth Jazz icons at their best, but it is more than just a Smooth Jazz album. As the title suggests, these smooth jazz artists have bridged the gap between the commercial world of Smooth Jazz, the coolness of New Age music on their new collaboration, and the more artistic explorations that are at the heart of the true jazz experience! Highlights of the 10 Marienthal/Loeb originals include “Crossings,” the ballad and first single, the soulful “Duality,” the romantic “Noir” and much more from these two smooth jazz artists.
About Eric Marienthal: Eric Marienthal is a Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles-based contemporary saxophonist best known for his work in the jazz, jazz fusion, smooth jazz, and pop genres. He has credited his enthusiasm for music on being taught music while in school, and picked up the saxophone in the fourth grade after he thought it looked “pretty cool”. Marienthal has also mentioned his father was a fan of music, particularly 1940s and 1950s such as Boots Randolph, Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra.
About Chuck Loeb: Chuck Loeb is a guitarist who performs numerous styles of music, most notably jazz. His own solo projects have generally been commercially successful crossover jazz, such as “contemporary” or “smooth” jazz. He studied with local music teachers until he traveled to Philadelphia where he was a student of jazz guitarist Dennis Sandole and later in New York City with Jim Hall. After studying with Hall for two years, Loeb attended Berklee College of Music for two years. He has playing alongside jazz musicians such as Chico Hamilton, Ray Barreto and Hubert Laws.