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Lionel Loueke

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 and drummer Ferenc Nemeth), Loueke has recorded on his own, including the live In a Trance and Virgin Forest. He released his first Blue Note album, Karibu, in 2008. In 2009, Loueke guested on Magos Herrera's album Distancia. His second album for Blue Note, Mwaliko, appeared in early 2010. In 2012, Loueke released the trio album Heritage, which was produced by and features contributions from acclaimed jazz pianist Robert Glasper.

On Gaïa, his fourth album, Loueke continued use of the electric guitar exclusively. He explored expansive notions of African rock and jazz with Biolcati and Nemeth. The album was recorded in front of an invited studio audience, fulfilling the guitarist's wish to capture the band in a concert setting. The album was released by Blue Note at the end of October in 2015. ~ Andy Kellman
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Heritage

2. Ouidah

5. Freedom Dance

6. Chardon

7. Farafina

8. African Ship

9. Goree

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Track List: Mwaliko

1. Amio

2. Griot

3. Twins

4. Wishes

5. Flying

6. Intro To L.L.

7. L.L.

8. Nefertiti

9. Vi Ma Yon

10. Shazoo

11. Dangbe

12. Hide Life

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Track List: Gilfema + 2

1. Twins

2. Question Of Perspective

3. Your World

4. Salome

5. Lonlon Gnin

6. Morning Day

7. Festa

8. Cove

9. One's Mind's Eye

10. Master Of The Obvious

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Track List: Karibu

1. Karibu

3. Skylark

4. Zala

6. Benny's Tune

8. Agbannon Blues

9. Nonvignon

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Track List: Virgin Forest

1. Prelude To Rossignol

2. Rossignol

3. Prelude To Vivi

4. Vivi

5. Kponnon Kpete

6. Postlude To Kponnon Kpete

7. Prelude To Abominwe

8. Abominwe

11. Prelude To Madjigua

12. Madjigua

14. Benny's Tune

15. Moesha I

17. Prelude To Virgin Forest

18. Virgin Forest

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Track List: GAIA

1. Broken

2. Sleepless Night

3. Sources Of Love

4. Wacko Loco

5. Aziza Dance

6. Rain Wash

8. Even Teens

10. Veuve Malienee

11. Procession

12. How Deep Is Your Love?

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stevendaddyo
Great mixture of African and Brazilian.
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This is not music. It's just some guys picking random notes and annoys me. Get offa my Pandora.
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Proud to be from the same country and proud to have metting him on few occasions. Great person and that transcends in his music... Awadjidjè (meaning happyness in Fongbé, his native tongue)
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I highly recommend station: Lionel Loueke
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The best
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I am feelin him!!
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Fabulous artist; tight trio with a pure sound. I would recommend them highly to all straight up jazz listeners. Thank you Pandora for introducing them to me.
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hananbilal
love it!
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marthapig
beautiful music..could listen all day on REPEAT.
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Lionel ROCKS!!! Don't sleep on him! I saw him backing up Herbie Hancock and also do his own trio set at the Playboy Jazz festival. This dude took Herbie Hancock to school when he was dueling on solos with him if you can believe that! Simply Amazing player. Highly recommended.

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