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Originally from the small West African nation of Benin, guitarist Lionel Loueke has enjoyed a meteoric rise over the past several years. In 2008 and 2009, he was picked as top Rising Star guitarist in Down Beat magazine’s annual Critics Poll. His sophomore release for Blue Note, Mwaliko, follows up 2007’s acclaimed Karibu with a series of searching, innovative, intimate duets with Angelique Kidjo, Esperanza Spalding, Richard Bona and Marcus Gilmore. Loueke also includes three new tracks featuring… read more

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  • Avatar for bearclap
    Gaia is dope
  • Avatar for kmullin
    he was crazy with Herbie
  • Avatar for handsofprose
    Such a great track. fast becoming a firm favourite of mine...
  • Avatar for strangeloop
    Whoah, thanks for recommending this! Another beautiful find.
  • Avatar for ppareja
    Just went to a Loueke's concert yesterday night in Granada (Spain) and I must say I'm really impressed by the quality of this musician
  • Avatar for Forteelement
    Your music traveled (by the NPR tiny desk concert) to Montreal this evening. It's great to listen to music as good as yours!
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    Sehr hörens- und sehenswert. Lionel Loueke, Massimo Biolcati und Ferenc Nemeth sind ein fantastisches Trio. Mit Spielwitz geht der Sound unter die Haut. Lionel Loueke ist ein begnadeter Gitarrist und hat seine Zukunft noch vor sich - auch ohne Herbie !
  • Avatar for wojteks27
    I went on Herbie's concert in Poland, Katowice, and as well as in Barcelona his solo was just amazing. I don't know if in Barcelona it looked the same, but in Katowice Hancock kept on joking that Seventeens were a musical lesson for the crowd and while playing he was counting:) Btw. great composition!
  • Avatar for colmenares
    saw him with Herbie as well, but in Barcelona's jazz festival. Lionel blew everyone away with his solo... and seven teens sounded amazing! had to go get the album just for that one but the album version doesn't touch the live one with Kendrick Scott's drumming added to the mix. interesting jazz artist to say the least!

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