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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

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.

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Whirlwind Recordings: Celebrating 10 years

Read "Whirlwind Recordings: Celebrating 10 years" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

This year London-based label Whirlwind Recordings is celebrating its 10th anniversary and looking back at a decade, during the course of which the label has grown to become an important brand in the jazz scene and beyond, with over 140 top-tier albums released under its name so far. The distinguished mark, which Whirlwind has established over ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Lionel Loueke

Jazz Musician of the Day: Lionel Loueke

All About Jazz is celebrating Lionel Loueke's birthday today! 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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Gilfema: Three

Read "Three" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Few trios are as immediately recognizable as Gilfema. It's almost impossible to mistake the interplay between Ferenc Nemeth, Massimo Biolcati and Lionel Loueke. The three Berklee College of Music and Thelonious Monk institute graduates have been going at it together for more than 15 years now, their eponymous debut album having been released in 2005 for ...

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International Flavors

Read "International Flavors" reviewed by Geno Thackara

It's a tour through several spots around the globe with this batch--sometimes a leisurely tour, sometimes a whirlwind, but with each stop offering a wealth of lovely sounds and tones. Gilfema Three Sounderscore 2020 Lionel Loueke, Massimo Biolcati and Ferenc Nemeth have an impressive number of musical endeavors and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ferenc Nemeth: Freedom

Read "Freedom" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Like a playground for improvisation, Hungarian drummer Ferenc Nemeth's newest recording abounds with joy and, in accord with the album title, a strong sense of Freedom. Not only does Freedom continue the bassless concept of his 2012 release Triumph (Dreamers Collective), but the New York-based percussionist allows himself to tap his intuition, often leading to simpler ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Maria Pia De Vito: Bergamo Jazz and Beyond

Read "Maria Pia De Vito: Bergamo Jazz and Beyond" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Non tutte le cantanti, attraverso l'espressione interpretativa, riescono a mettere in piena evidenza il mondo socio-culturale che sta all'origine delle singole canzoni da loro proposte. Proprio questa sembra essere la preoccupazione irrinunciabile di Maria Pia De Vito, che col suo lavoro ha sempre teso a esaltare l'interconnessione, strettissima, indispensabile, fra il livello colto e quello popolare, ...

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Massimo Biolcati: Positive Polymath, Cooperative Catalyst

Read "Massimo Biolcati: Positive Polymath, Cooperative Catalyst" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

With a viewpoint colored by vast experiences--formative classical and jazz encounters while growing up in Sweden and Italy, immersive education at Boston's Berklee College of Music, finishing work under the masters at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, and real-deal maneuvering in New York and beyond--bassist Massimo Biolcati plays and writes with a globalist's perspective. While ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Massimo Biolcati: Incontre

Read "Incontre" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Massimo Biolcati is somewhat of a quiet giant. This is revealed not only by the elegant way in which he handles his double bass but is furthermore expressed by his humble personality on-stage as well as off. So much for the quiet aspect. Why a giant? Raised in Italy and Sweden, Biolcati graduated from both the ...


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