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Kevin Hays & Lionel Loueke: Hope

Read "Hope" reviewed by Geno Thackara

It would have been easy to leave well enough alone. Kevin Hays and Lionel Loueke made a delightful recording the first time around--a most happy clash of hemispheres blending urban jazz and world-folk balladry, crossing upbeat piano with lively scat- singing, frisky African rhythm play and much more. Nonetheless, a slot with Edition Records offered them ...