Monday, January 10, 2011

Lionel Loueke: Mwaliko (2010)

Originally from the small West African nation of Benin, guitarist Lionel Loueke has enjoyed a meteoric rise over the past several years. In 28 and 29, 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 27'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 his longtime trio with Massimo Biolcati on bass and Ferenc Nemeth on drums.
01. Ami O
02. Griot
03. Twins
04. Wishes
05. Flying
06. Intro To LL
07. LL
08. Nefertiti
09. Vi Ma Yon
10. Shazoo
11. Dangbe
12. Hide Life
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