Album of the Day: Lionel Loueke – “The Journey”


Artist:  Lionel Loueke

Album:  The Journey

Label:  Aparte Music

Style:  Folk Jazz

Favorite Track:  “Hope”

Music from:  Brooklyn, NY

What I like about it:  I’m curious if Lionel Loueke can record something I wouldn’t like.  I’m not sure it’s possible.  His guitar and voice are mirror images of one another, eternally connected to the same entity, 180 degree opposite visions of a singular beauty.  I like how Loueke’s music always comes with roots attached, a sense that even the newest songs are just a fresh voice put to timeless tales.  I like how his music can fill any room and snap into place no matter the time or tenor of the day.

Your album personnel:  Lionel Loueke (guitars, vocals, percussion), Pino Palladino (bass), Cyro Baptista (percussion), John Ellis (soprano saxophone), Christi Joza Orisha (percussion), Robert Sadin (keyboards), Dramane Dembélé (peul flute), Mark Feldman (violin), Patrick Messina (clarinet), Vincent Ségal (cello), Étienne Charles (trumpet), Massimo Biolcati (bass) and Ferenc Nemeth (percussion).

Available at:  Amazon

Check out the EPK on YouTube to learn more about the album.

Be sure to check out the artist’s site.