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Lionel LouekeAudio CD
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Hailed as a "gentle virtuoso" by Jon Pareles of The New York Times, guitarist/vocalist Lionel Loueke follows up his acclaimed Blue Note releases Karibu and Mwaliko with the extraordinary Heritage.

Co-produced by piano great and Blue Note label mate Robert Glasper, Heritage finds Loueke at the helm of a new lineup with a more electric sound. In addition, Loueke, long known for ... Read more in Amazon's Lionel Loueke Store

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  • Audio CD (August 28, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B0089G9G1G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,740 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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On August 28, the acclaimed West African jazz guitarist/vocalist Lionel Loueke will release Heritage, his dynamic third Blue Note album, which was co-produced by label mate Robert Glasper. Heritage finds Loueke who was hailed by The New York Times as a gentle virtuoso exploring a more electric sound with a new trio featuring Derrick Hodge on electric bass and Mark Guiliana on drums. The album presents seven new compositions by Loueke, two by Glasper, and one co-written by the two. Glasper also contributes piano and keyboards to six tracks, while singer Gretchen Parlato provides background vocals on two tracks.

A veteran of bands led by Terence Blanchard and Herbie Hancock, Loueke is bringing jazz into vibrant contact with the sounds of West Africa, in particular his native Benin. The title Heritage is a direct reference to his personal odyssey. "I have two heritages," Loueke says. "One is from my ancestors from Africa, and that goes through my music, my body, my soul, every aspect of what I do. But also I have the heritage from the Occident, from the West, from Europe and the U.S. I speak English, I speak French, and I have that heritage too. I called this album Heritage because I've been blessed by all different parts of the world, and most of the songs reflect that."

"Robert is a true genius," says Loueke of his producer and friend, "and I knew that he'd be the right person. I like a musician who surprises me all the time. We're good friends and we're both open, and that's when the magic happens." Loueke has performed as a special guest with the Robert Glasper Trio, and was in fact an original member of the Robert Glasper Experiment when it first formed.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music! January 21, 2013
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Just like it's title, Heritage takes me back to the Motherland with it's rhythms and beats. Loukek's gutiar playing is great. With the great Robert Glasper and Gretchen Parlato this music is awesome! Tribal Dance and Freedom Dance are my favorite cuts. I really enjoy this music. Brother Lionel, keep up the good work. Peace.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I expected more October 13, 2013
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hey man this guy is great but somehow I wasn't turned on initially, but that could change with repeated listening
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Record! January 24, 2013
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Definitely a 2012 favorite of mine. Man, Glasper, Derrick and Guiliana were a ridiculous rhythm section. musicmanship at its peak.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Instant Classic September 13, 2012
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Blue Note has released so many great records over the years. This one is my new favorite from this decade. It makes me feel like I just took an expensive trip around the world. Thank you Lionel Loueke, Robert Glasper and Blue Note. I can't wait to see where you take me next.
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