JazzTimes - p.130
"[W]here the music is strong, it's positively Herculean....Loeb has made a cool and progressive contemporary jazz CD that does the genre proud."
Personnel: Chuck Loeb (guitar, Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, bass synthesizer, drum programming, percussion programming); Mitchel Forman (strings); Andy Snitzer (alto saxophone); Till Br”nner (trumpet, flugelhorn); Christian Diener (acoustic bass); Wolfgang Haffner, Brian Dunne (drums); Dave Mann (flute, saxophone); Lizzy Loeb (flute); Matt King, Mike Ricchiuti (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, organ); Josh Dion (drums, percussion); Nathan Ecklund, Wolfgang Hafner, Ron "Buttercup" Jenkins, Will Lee , Brian Killeen, Carl Carter, Carmen Cuesta.
Audio Mixers: Chuck Loeb; Dennis Wall; Phil Magnotti.
Editor: Chuck Loeb.
Though he occasionally branches out into other styles, Chuck Loeb is at heart, a pop-oriented smooth jazz guitarist. Presence finds Loeb smack in the middle of his comfort zone. "Llevame" adds some Latin percussion and murmured female vocals, "The Western Sky" incorporates a vaguely new age synth wash, and "The Music Outside" flirts a bit with quiet storm R&B, but at heart, this is utterly straightforward smooth jazz with Loeb's laid-back, tasty soloing front and center. Even the pair of pop covers, Steely Dan's "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" and James Taylor's "Shed a Little Light," are transformed into showcases for Loeb's inimitable style. Unapologetically mellow and buffed to a high-sheen gloss, Presence is smooth jazz for folks who think they just don't make smooth jazz records like this anymore. ~ Stewart Mason