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Lionel Loueke


Born in Benin, a small country of west Africa, Lionel first picked up percussion instruments before choosing guitar at the age of 17. In 1990, he moved to Ivory Coast for a general musical training in the "National Institute of Art" which lasted four years. As he was listening to outstanding jazz musicians such as Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, George Benson, he was definitely convinced that he needed to improve his playing. The next step would be to enroll in a well known jazz school. In 1994, he was accepted at the "American School of Modern Music" in Paris (France) where he got his Diploma in 1998. The dreams were coming true


The Golden Sèkèrè

Label: Rhombus Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Cherokee; Speak Low; The Very Thought of You; My Funny Valentine; I’ve Got You Under My Skin; Fly Me to The Moon; Afro Blue; It Don’t Mean A Thing; Green Dolphin Street; I’m Confessing That I Love You; Key Largo; Azure; Devil May Care; I’ve Got You Under My Skin.


Lean In

Label: Edition Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Akwê; I Miss You; If I Knew; Okagbé; Astronauta; Mi Wa Se; Muse; Nonvignon; Lean In; Painful Joy; Dou Wé; Walking After You.


Melodies of Light

Label: Soul Song Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Movement One Opening; Movement Two Hamotzi; Movement Three The Dance; Movement Four Hananya; Movement Five Jonah's Garden; Movement Six Before the Rain; Movement Seven Timbuktu; Movement Eight The Way Home; Movement Nine Sunshine; Movement Ten Out of the Walls; Movement Eleven For Karim; Movement Twelve Lament; Movement Thirteen Let Me Draw Water; Movement Fourteen Bonus Track; Movement Fifteen Bonus Track; Movement Sixteen Bonus Track; Movement Seventeen Bonus Track.


Article: Live Review

Herbie Hancock At Chautauqua Auditorium

Read "Herbie Hancock At Chautauqua Auditorium" reviewed by Steven Roby

Herbie Hancock Chautauqua Auditorium Boulder, CO September 12, 2023 After Herbie Hancock and his quartet settled on the stage, a woman in the crowd yelled, “Nam Myoho Renge Kyo." It's a chant used in the practice of Nichiren Buddhism, which Hancock has said enhances his ability to improvise in his music. ...


Article: Interview

Leo Sidran: Conversation Artist

Read "Leo Sidran: Conversation Artist" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

For music lovers, listening to music is often not only about the music. An album is much more than a vessel of beautiful chords, notes and lyrics. It offers mission statements, “how to" manuals, and blueprints for life strategies. Each song a trap-door it is impossible not to sneak into, in search for insights on how ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Simona Premazzi, Will Bernard, Beth Custer, Tania Giannouli & More

Read "Simona Premazzi, Will Bernard, Beth Custer, Tania Giannouli & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

A revelation of an album, Sky by Will Bernard and Beth Custer, opens a playlist which explores three piano jazz formats, solo, duo and trio, through a number of impressive recent releases. Happy listening! Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Will Bernard, Beth Custer ...


Article: Live Review

Gent Jazz 2023

Read "Gent Jazz 2023" reviewed by Martin Longley

Gent Jazz Festival Gent, Belgium July 9-15, 2023 It looked dire in 2022. The Gent Jazz festival, a two-decade integral element in the cultural life of this wondrous Belgian city, was declared bankrupt, along with Jazz Middelheim in Antwerp, which had an even more august history. Amazingly, it's still here ...


Article: Album Review

Douyé: The Golden Sèkèrè

Read "The Golden Sèkèrè" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Nigerian-born singer Douye has integrated the essence of Western jazz with the polyrhythmic sounds of African percussion. In doing so, she has spun the incomparable musical and lyrical genius of The Great American Songbook off its axis. These precious standards have been rearranged and reimagined hundreds if not thousands of times over the years. Douye was ...


Article: Multiple Reviews

Voice - Instrument Duos

Read "Voice - Instrument Duos" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Here are three examples of vocalists working in close partnership with either a pianist or guitarist, all producing excellent results. Edward Simon Femeninas ArtistShare 2023 Pianist Edward Simon gets sole credit on the cover of this album, but this is equally a feature for vocalist Magos Herrera ...


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