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Carmen Cuesta-Loeb - One Kiss (2003)
Artist: Carmen Cuesta-Loeb
Title Of Album: One Kiss
Year Of Release: 2003
Label: Skip Records
Genre: Jazz-Pop / Bossa Nova
Quality: FLAC (image) / MP3
Bitrate: Lossless / CBR 320 kBit/s
Total Time: 44:38 min
Total Size: 300 MB / 102 MB


01. Tell Me Something [03:45]
02. While My Guitar Gently Weeps [04:33]
03. All There Is [02:47]
04. What's Next [04:12]
05. Summer Dream [03:26]
06. Si [02:34]
07. Don't Look Back [05:28]
08. One Kiss [03:30]
09. Child [05:42]
10. Now Insensitive [03:57]
11. A La Luz [04:39]


Carmen Cuesta - vocals, guitar;
Chuck Loeb - guitar, keyboards, programming;
Will Lee - bass, vocals;
Tim Lefebvre - acoustic bass;
Bill Evans - soprano saxophone;
Nelson Rangell - alto saxophone;
Wolfgang Haffner - drums, percussion, shake;
Zach Danziger - drums;
Manolo Badrena, David Charles - percussion;
Mike Ricchiuti, Jon Werking - piano, keyboards;
Andy LaVerne - piano;
Howard Levy - harmonica;
Lizzy Loeb - vocals;
Christina Loeb - vocals, flute.

Carmen Cuesta-Loeb - One Kiss (2003)
Born in Madrid, Spain, Carmen grew up singing from a very early age. A member of the choirs in both church and school, she was often asked to be a soloist, as she displayed a natural gift for singing. At home, she took up the guitar, and self-taught by the age of fifteen, she began composing the lyrics and music to her own songs. With the recording of the group by the EMI Record Company, Carmen got her first taste of working in the recording studio, and became a published songwriter. Shortly thereafter, while pursuing her degree in education at the University of Madrid, Carmen auditioned, and was asked to join the cast of the show "Godspell" in the role of Mary Magdalena.

It was in 1979 that Carmen came in contact with jazz guitarist Chuck Loeb, who she met while he was performing in Madrid with the legendary jazz saxophonist Stan Getz. Although she was extremely busy at the time, performing in the Teatro Monumentál production of the hit show "El Diluvio Que Viene" at night, and recording all day, Carmen made sure to attend the Getz appearance in Madrid because of her intense love of Bossa Nova, and in particular the landmark Getz/Gilberto recording where she first discovered the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim.

After one of the shows, Carmen and Chuck met, and it was love at first sight. Over the next few months they stayed in contact, despite Carmen's busy work scene and Chuck's touring, and within six months of their first encounter, Carmen relocated to New York City, and they were married, with Getz acting as best man at their wedding.

Eventually Chuck parted ways with Getz, and the couple had more time to write music together. This led to the formation of their own group "Paralelo", a blend of jazz, pop, rock and latin styles. Over the years the band included many notable musicians, such as bassists Will Lee, Paul Socolow, drummers Peter Erskine, Dave Weckl, Joey Barron and Steve Ferrone, pianists Clifford Carter and Mitchel Forman, saxophonists Michael Brecker, Bill Evans and Bob Mintzer among many others. Just as in her early days in Madrid and Barcelona, Carmen always found herself collaborating with the best musicians around.

After a year Carmen became pregnant with her first child and in 1985 she left the show to focus only on motherhood. In July of the same year her first daughter Christina was born and her life took a completely new direction. Within another year she had Elizabeth, her second daughter, and she made the decision to devote herself entirely to her family.

In 1996, when her daughters were a bit older and in school many hours each day, Carmen re-focused her energies on her own music once again. Over the span of four recordings, Carmen's music grew in popularity, receiving worldwide recognition and a growing international following. And in fact her songs have been placed on over 80 compilation CDs from Japan to Poland to England to Germany, and of course Spain and the U.S. - marking her as one of the most sought-after artists in this area. For nearly two years she immersed herself in the intense study of the art of the Bossa Nova, including honing her skills on the guitar again. The result, "Mi Bossa Nova", is classic Carmen Cuesta.

She and Chuck split their time between the United States and Spain with their two daughters, Christina and Lizzy and their pet sparrow, Tweedy. ~

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