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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.

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.

Global Fusions and African Connections

Read "Global Fusions and African Connections" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Whatever may be going wrong in the world, there are always some figures (especially artists) out there reminding us of the importance of community and celebration. Without making a direct statement on the strange circumstances of 2020, this batch of recordings nonetheless offers just the kind of vibrant affirmation the times need. Duende Libre ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Kevin Hays, Lionel Loueke: Hope

Read "Hope" reviewed by Emmanuel Di Tommaso

Kevin Hays e Lionel Loueke sono ormai da diversi anni considerati due fra i più affermati musicisti della loro generazione, avendo alle spalle numerosi dischi e concerti in collaborazione con artisti del calibro di Brad Mehldau, David Holland, Chris Potter, Bill Stewart, Sonny Rollins, John Scofield, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter e Charlie Haden, solo per nominarne ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

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 ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

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 ...


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