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Heritage

Lionel Loueke

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What could be mistaken for a preconceived all-star project is actually a gathering of friends and family: Heritage boasts half of The Robert Glasper Experiment and the pianist/keyboardist himself (also co-producer here with Loueke), plus bassist Derrick Hodge, guest vocalist Gretchen Parlato, and her frequent collaborator, drummer Mark Guiliana. Loueke and Hodge once played together in trumpeter Terence Blanchard’s band, and Parlato and the Beninese guitarist/vocalist were classmates at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. Parlato adds her trademark wordless singing to “Tribal Dance” backed by Loueke’s vocal harmonies and deft fingerwork. Glasper opens the reflectively bittersweet “Chardon” with contemplative solo piano, and “Bayyinah” closes Heritage as an extended spiritual exploration.

Biography

Born: April 27, 1973 in Benin

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s, '10s

West African guitarist Lionel Loueke was inspired by his brother, who taught him how to play during his late teenage years. Stops at the Ivory Coast's National Institute of Arts, Paris' American School of More Than Music, and Berklee College of Music led Loueke to appearances on a series of high-profile recordings, including Terence Blanchard's Bounce and Flow, Charlie Haden's Land of the Sun, and Herbie Hancock's Possibilities. Apart from his role in the trio Gilfema (with bassist Massimo Biolcati...
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Heritage, Lionel Loueke
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Aug 24, 2012

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