But Nemeth offers a chunky, taut swing in the pocket to maintain an edge. Loueke shows his affinity for rock here too, in the hard-vamping, crescendo-laden choruses on "Sleepless Night," the aggressive riffing in "Wacko Loco," and the spiky blues jamming in "Procession. Nemeth's skittering snare and hi-hat breaks ride atop a taut, bumping bassline to create funky jazz at its best. The intro to "Eventeens" showcases Loueke's athleticism on the strings.
He employs his pedals and switches, but it's his finger-slapping technique that impresses most. These trio members need no collaborators, extra production, or overdubs; they can -- and do -- deliver almost endless variations on all the stylistic genres they choose.
The Journey - Single. Karibu is West African guitarist and vocalist Lionel Loueke's debut album for the Blue Note label, and his fourth overall. Loueke is best known to America's audiences as a sideman in Herbie Hancock's quartet, and for his stellar offering Virgin Forest on the wonderful ObliqSound imprint.
Fans of Richard Bona's breezy blend of high string bass and wordless vocalizing will have a frame of reference at least in feel for Loueke's music, though the men are very different. Loueke's guitar playing comes off as sounding completely acoustic sometimes, as on the reading of John Coltrane's "Naima," like a griot's kora.
The simple truth, however, is that he puts his instrument through a load of effects to get this sound. Loueke's wordless vocals and tongue-clicking are as much a part of his sound as his guitar playing and compositions. They add to the music a percussive effect and are often in counterpart to the rhythmic intent of Nemeth. The problem is, that the slick, under warm water production by Eli Wolf to make this music so accessible to American audiences can make some of these tunes feel as if they go by in a blur, and that have fewer dynamics than they do.
The best moments here are where the band is expanded beyond the trio. On "Seven Teens," Hancock adds knotty, forceful, and percussive left-hand runs and accents the counterpoint in Loueke's melody. Lionel Loueke. Kevin Hays and Lionel. Register a free business account.
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Please try again later. Verified Purchase. Precision finger-picked jazz guitar in tightly presented textures that feel improvised, but had to be worked through precisely with his counterparts to achieve the close integration with his players.
Angelique Kidjo is her big-boned self, but can dance intricately with his voice and guitar. Esperanza Spalding is more subtle and supple, dancing in wordless voice and bass lines, on her own, or with his wordless voice and guitar.
All form a tight unit throughout that hints as much of the Caribbean and Brazil as of Africa on most tracks. Standout: tr Nefertiti. Lumpy galumphs in lines, rhythm, and harmonies.
Shadowy bronze intensity. Tight, exact, but always a bit off balance. How often do we hear something this modern adn original in today's market? Not often I salute Loueke for his unique style and amazing voice. Not only his actual voice - but the voice he has created on his guitar. This CD is so fresh and new. It took me a couple of listens to really discover what was going on - and now I keep coming back to it.
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Verification code. Email address. Reset Password Now. Streams Videos All Posts. Release Date February 9, Track Listing. Ami O. Ebanda Manfred. Lionel Loueke. Intro To LL. Ferenc Nemeth. Wayne Shorter. Vi Ma Yon.
Massimo Biolcati.Lionel Loueke has an appealing guitar sound which is vocalizes along with. The mood is generally upbeat. "Mwaliko" has an additional vocalist, or vocalist/bassist, on six songs, two trio songs, and three solo songs. Wayne Shorter's "Nefertiti" is Loueke with drummer Marcus Gilmore/5(8).