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Kevin Hays & Lionel Loueke – Hope (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Kevin Hays & Lionel Loueke – Hope (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 54:26 minutes | 979 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Edition Records

Tension in music often leads to some of the most rewarding recordings and performances – when there’s cross-talk around who should take the lead, when someone is pushing and someone else is pulling, when the band isn’t resting in the beat but subjugating it. Duke Ellington’s great 1962 trio recording, Money Jungle, featuring Max Roach and Charles Mingus, was famously tense. You can hear it in the way Roach and Mingus are constantly snapping at each other, but their respect for Ellington takes precedence and leads to one of the finest trio records ever made.

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Lionel Loueke – The Journey (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Lionel Loueke – The Journey (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 52:45 minutes | 1,02 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Aparté

A shooting star of the international jazz scene, a genius guitarist demanded by the greatest (Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Sting, Chick Corea), Lionel Loueke is an extraordinary artist. His unique musical personality blends genres and influences, from traditional African rhythms to western jazz. In The Journey, his first solo album for the label Aparté, he sings, vocalises, clicks his tongue, slaps his guitar strings, draws from funk, reaches out for the most unexpected harmonics and unfolds an incredible palette of sounds, like a one-man orchestra. Surrounded by impressive guests from all horizons (Pino Palladino, Patrick Messina, Vincent Ségal, Mark Feldman, Cyro Baptista…) under the direction of maestro Robert Sadin, multiple Grammy Award winner, Loueke delivers here his most personal record. From hopeful ballads (Molika, Kába) to irresistible rhythms (Gbê, Dark Lightning), this journey has an invigorating perfume of freedom.

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Lionel Loueke – GAIA (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Lionel Loueke – GAIA (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 55:36 minutes | 1,2 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: highresaudio.com| @ Blue Note Records
Recorded: June 2015, Siemensvilla, Berlin, Germany

On GAÏA, Loueke reunited with his longtime trio featuring bassist Massimo Biolcati and drummer Ferenc Nemeth for a session produced by GRAMMY-winning producer and Blue Note president Don Was that was recorded live in the studio with an intimate audience in attendance.
“I always wanted to record this trio live” says Loueke of the sessions, which were captured at Sear Sound in New York City. “We were all in the same room with a small audience, no headphones, no isolation and no overdubs of course. It has a real live feel. It was a very special event.”
Loueke’s compositional mastery is evident in the construction of the 11 original songs presented here and the trio’s performances are extraordinary, a testament to the intuitive dialogue these three musicians have developed since they first met while attending the Berklee College of Music in the late 1990s. “I don’t think we sound like any other trio on the scene today’ says an understated Loueke. “I have been writing for this trio for a long time. They can handle every metrical challenge in my songs. There is an inside communication between the three of us.”

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