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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

Lagos Pepper Soup

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Even Now Prayer; Lagos Pepper Soup; The Hero’s Journey; Soki; Ma Foya; Brighter Day; Shadows Fade; Home True; Bola’s Song; Mivakpola; Leye’s Dance; Grace.

Three

Label: Sounderscore
Released: 2020
Track listing: Têkê; Little Wing; Lé; Happiness; 13th Floor to Heaven; Brio; Fleuve Congo; Algorythm and Blues; Dear J.L.; Aflao; Left Undone; Requiem For a Soul; Until.

HH

Label: Edition Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Hang Up Your Hang Ups; Driftin’ Tell Me A Bedtime Story; Actual Proof; Cantaloupe Island; Butterfly; Dolphin Dance; Watermelon Man; Come Running To Me; Voyage Maiden; Rockit; Speak Like A Child; Homage to HH; One Finger Snap.

ARTICLE: RADIO

Guitar Trios

Read "Guitar Trios" reviewed by Russell Perry

Guitar, bass and drum trios appear sporadically throughout jazz history, but did not see much frequency as a format until the 1970s, when guitarists including John Abercrombie and Pat Metheny adopted the small ensemble more commonly associated with rock power trios. In the last decade, a growing number of guitarists have settled on the trio as ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Friedrich Kunzmann's Best Releases Of 2020

Read "Friedrich Kunzmann's Best Releases Of 2020" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Coronavirus, lockdown, election recount, fake news, inspector Javert, Hans Gruber and Lord Voldemort. So, now that most of the uncomfortable topics are dealt with, let's get to the joyful part of 2020, namely the music. As is increasingly the case during the course of the 21st century, the year was filled to the brim with it. ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Lionel Loueke, Roberto Cecchetto, Prince & Miles, Bootsy & More New Releases

Read "Lionel Loueke, Roberto Cecchetto, Prince & Miles, Bootsy & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

In this week's exploration of new and upcoming releases we explore a whole range of human interactions, from Matt Wilson's hugs to Kahil El'Zabar's jumps and shout, from Prince and Miles Davis going mano a mano to Bootsy Collins and Branford Marsalis proceeding arm in arm like true funkateeers, from Antoine Pierre following Miles' steps to ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Exploring music from 1975 and 1978

Read "Exploring music from 1975 and 1978" reviewed by Len Davis

Exploring 1975 and 1978, plus Mark Egan, Ben Wendel and Yellowjackets. Playlist The New Tony Williams Lifetime “Mr Spock" from Believe It (Columbia) 00:00 David Sancious “One Time" from Forest of Feelings (Epic) 0:06:38 Gong “Soli" from Expresso 2 (Virgin) 13:17 Major Surgery “Beans" from Rare Live Performances (The Last Music Company) 19:47 Mark ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

New releases from Richard Hallebeek, Ben Wendel and Lionel Loueke and More

Read "New releases from Richard Hallebeek, Ben Wendel and Lionel Loueke and More" reviewed by Len Davis

This week we feature new music from Dutch guitarist Richard Hallebeek, as well as Ben Wendel and Lionel Loueke. To mix things up some great cuts by John McLaughlin and Pat Metheny. Playlist Pat Metheny “Rise Up" from The Unity Sessions (Nonesuch) 00:00 John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension “Sully" from Live @Belgrade (Abstract Logix) 21:46 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Lionel Loueke: HH

Read "HH" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Hulk Hogan? Harry Houdini? Hugh Hefner? As tempting as it is to imagine Lionel Loueke cheerily following some absurdist impulse, the HH of the title instead honors Herbie Hancock--a long-time mentor and source of inspiration to the Benin-born guitarist. A jurist on the audition panel who selected Loueke for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, Hancock ...


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