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Kevin Hays & Lionel Loueke: Hope (Edition)

Talk about your lively and lovely pairings. Despite their extremely different backgrounds—pianist Kevin Hays hails from suburban Connecticut, guitarist Lionel Loueke from Benin—these two notables show uncommonly strong bonds and clear communication skills. Personalities and palettes remain distinctive in their presentations, but time, shape, playfulness, and space align in beautifully uncanny fashion. Working in perfect … Read More “Kevin Hays & Lionel Loueke: Hope (Edition)”

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Lionel Loueke: GAIA

Gaïa, Lionel Loueke’s fourth album since signing with Blue Note Records, is jazz that’s also “world music,” in more ways than one. The new album is stellar despite being devoid of the big-name guest stars who popped up on its three predecessors, mentors Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter and colleagues Robert Glasper and Esperanza Spalding … Read More “Lionel Loueke: GAIA”

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Lionel Loueke : Heritage

It’s nearly impossible to overstate the stamp that Robert Glasper-as producer and as keyboardist on six of the 10 tracks-places on Beninese label mate Lionel Loueke’s third outing for Blue Note. Glasper’s penchant for obscuring the lines between contemporary and traditional finds a welcoming home in the work of the unceasingly exploratory guitarist Loueke. On … Read More “Lionel Loueke : Heritage”

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Lionel Loueke: Mwaliko

The innovative fingerstyle guitarist (and singer) from Benin focuses largely on a series of intimate duets for his second Blue Note outing, and his partners make for some intriguing choices. His good friend and fellow Benin native Angelique Kidjo appears on two tracks, the triumphant opener “Ami O” and the traditional Benin folk tune “Vi … Read More “Lionel Loueke: Mwaliko”

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