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Lionel Loueke

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Mwaliko is West African guitarist Lionel Loueke's second album for Blue Note. Originally planned as a series of duets, it ultimately became one of duets and trios, in order to to showcase the collective talents of Gilfema, his touring band with bassist Massimo Biolcati and drummer Ferenc Nemeth. The trio cuts are at the heart of Loueke’s modern culture-blurring sound. The interplay of Gilfema offers simultaneous harmonic and rhythmic improvisation; Loueke's guitar is as much a part of the rhythm section as it is a melodic lead. The lockstep changes are immediate, instinctive, and seamless, as in “Griot.” Loueke uses his singing voice -- without its other trademark effects of clicking, popping, wet snaps, rapid-fire speech, and solo doubling, etc. The melody is a chant, and establishes a groove that opens a door to improvisation. All three cuts by Gilfema offer straight-ahead jazz fans something to grab onto. The duets, however, add immeasurably to his depth. Loueke and Angélique Kidjo -- whose mothers were friends in Benin -- offer a popping, funky version of “Amio,” a West African anthem written by Ebanda Manfred. Loueke's guitar and vocal effects are a virtual rhythm section with melodic flourishes as Kidjo scats, chants, flits, and soars over them. They also team on the traditional “Vi Ma Yon.” Loueke pairs with Cameroonian bassist and vocalist Richard Bona on “Wishes” and the album closer “Hide Life” (a word and musical game on the West African style highlife). The former is a beautiful, atmospheric ballad, the latter sprightly and playful. Esperanza Spalding's bass makes an excellent counterpart on “Twins,” where she uses her voice in as many ways as he does, and on the jazzier “Flying,” where she trills, slips, and doubles her bassline vocally, just he does on guitar. Drummer Marcus Gilmore is enlisted in an electrifying modern, knotty reading of Wayne Shorter's “Nefertiti.” Mwaliko is an excellent step forward for Loueke, who is quickly proving to be an innovative force in 21st century jazz.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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1
Ami O
00:04:21

Jean Hebrail, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Marciano, Mastering Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lionel Loueke, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Angelique Kidjo, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Max Ross, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ebanda Manfred, Composer, ComposerLyricist

(C) 2010 Blue Note Records ℗ 2009 Blue Note Records

2
Griot
00:06:03

Mike Marciano, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lionel Loueke, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ferenc Nemeth, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Max Ross, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Massimo Biolcati, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2010 Blue Note Records ℗ 2009 Blue Note Records

3
Twins
00:05:30

Mike Marciano, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lionel Loueke, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Max Ross, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Esperanza Spalding, Vocals, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2010 Blue Note Records ℗ 2009 Blue Note Records

4
Wishes
00:04:43

Mike Marciano, Mastering Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lionel Loueke, Composer, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Max Ross, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Bona, Vocals, Recording Engineer, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2010 Blue Note Records ℗ 2009 Blue Note Records

5
Flying
00:04:03

Mike Marciano, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lionel Loueke, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Max Ross, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Esperanza Spalding, Vocals, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2010 Blue Note Records ℗ 2009 Blue Note Records

6
Intro To L.L.
00:01:17

Mike Marciano, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lionel Loueke, Composer, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Max Ross, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2010 Blue Note Records ℗ 2009 Blue Note Records

7
L.L.
00:06:10

Mike Marciano, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lionel Loueke, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ferenc Nemeth, Composer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Max Ross, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Massimo Biolcati, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2010 Blue Note Records ℗ 2009 Blue Note Records

8
Nefertiti
00:04:44

Wayne Shorter, Composer - Mike Marciano, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lionel Loueke, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Max Ross, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marcus Gilmore, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2010 Blue Note Records ℗ 2009 Blue Note Records

9
Vi Ma Yon
00:02:29

Jean Hebrail, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Marciano, Mastering Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lionel Loueke, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Angelique Kidjo, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Max Ross, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Traditional Beninese, Composer

(C) 2010 Blue Note Records ℗ 2009 Blue Note Records

10
Shazoo
00:04:22

Mike Marciano, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lionel Loueke, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ferenc Nemeth, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Max Ross, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Massimo Biolcati, Composer, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2010 Blue Note Records ℗ 2009 Blue Note Records

11
Dangbe
00:00:39

Mike Marciano, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lionel Loueke, Composer, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Max Ross, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2010 Blue Note Records ℗ 2009 Blue Note Records

12
Hide Life
00:04:34

Mike Marciano, Mastering Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lionel Loueke, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Max Ross, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Bona, Vocals, Recording Engineer, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2010 Blue Note Records ℗ 2009 Blue Note Records

Album Description

Mwaliko is West African guitarist Lionel Loueke's second album for Blue Note. Originally planned as a series of duets, it ultimately became one of duets and trios, in order to to showcase the collective talents of Gilfema, his touring band with bassist Massimo Biolcati and drummer Ferenc Nemeth. The trio cuts are at the heart of Loueke’s modern culture-blurring sound. The interplay of Gilfema offers simultaneous harmonic and rhythmic improvisation; Loueke's guitar is as much a part of the rhythm section as it is a melodic lead. The lockstep changes are immediate, instinctive, and seamless, as in “Griot.” Loueke uses his singing voice -- without its other trademark effects of clicking, popping, wet snaps, rapid-fire speech, and solo doubling, etc. The melody is a chant, and establishes a groove that opens a door to improvisation. All three cuts by Gilfema offer straight-ahead jazz fans something to grab onto. The duets, however, add immeasurably to his depth. Loueke and Angélique Kidjo -- whose mothers were friends in Benin -- offer a popping, funky version of “Amio,” a West African anthem written by Ebanda Manfred. Loueke's guitar and vocal effects are a virtual rhythm section with melodic flourishes as Kidjo scats, chants, flits, and soars over them. They also team on the traditional “Vi Ma Yon.” Loueke pairs with Cameroonian bassist and vocalist Richard Bona on “Wishes” and the album closer “Hide Life” (a word and musical game on the West African style highlife). The former is a beautiful, atmospheric ballad, the latter sprightly and playful. Esperanza Spalding's bass makes an excellent counterpart on “Twins,” where she uses her voice in as many ways as he does, and on the jazzier “Flying,” where she trills, slips, and doubles her bassline vocally, just he does on guitar. Drummer Marcus Gilmore is enlisted in an electrifying modern, knotty reading of Wayne Shorter's “Nefertiti.” Mwaliko is an excellent step forward for Loueke, who is quickly proving to be an innovative force in 21st century jazz.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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