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listen  1. KaribuLionel Loueke 6:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Seven TeensLionel Loueke featuring Herbie Hancock 6:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. SkylarkLionel Loueke 6:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. ZalaLionel Loueke 6:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. NaimaLionel Loueke featuring Wayne Shorter 7:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Benny's TuneLionel Loueke 6:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Light DarkLionel Loueke featuring Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter10:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Agbannon BluesLionel Loueke 6:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. NonvignonLionel Loueke 5:41$1.29  Buy MP3 

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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 (March 25, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B00140GXKG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,511 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence A. Schenbeck VINE VOICE on April 3, 2008
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Oh, man. This is really good. As "the bomba" says, a lot of African influence here. Seems to let air and sunshine into the textures of every tune. Makes me smile to hear it.

Sometimes the groove is explicit, as in the beautifully sculpted "Naima." More often the groove is implicit -- now that's an interesting trick. Loueke and his sidemen play above, below, around, beside the beat in such a way that you actually hear (sense) the rhythmic foundation mainly through its absence. That make sense? Wait till you've heard it.

Incidentally, for all the good things that were said about this recording, I don't think bassist Massimo Biolcati and drummer Ferenc Nemeth got nearly enough credit. This is a band, folks! It takes the three of these guys to create these fluid, incredibly inventive takes on standards and originals. They get airborne *together*. Seriously, it is obvious that this trio has done enough gigging to know each other's moves, and how to fit together. One of Loueke's strengths is that he is a phenomenally generous ensemble musician.

Yes, of course he has conventional jazz chops. Yes, Hancock and Shorter "dominate" the cuts they appear on to some extent. But they also share in the joyous give and take established by the leader.

There is a sense of peace and stillness at the heart of much of this music, and yet it's also just jumping with vitality. Both the stillness and the life owe a lot, somehow, to Loueke's African roots.

I am just so glad I have this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By blueish on April 19, 2008
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World ethnic jazz with warm vocals, beat and melodic guitar playing from LIONEL LOUEKE .A lot of african influences are presented with a vey balanced way in KARIBU .Kudos to all the members of the band .
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By Jean-Jacques on May 3, 2008
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Incredible playing by Loueke and his guest musicians on his newest CD Karibu, on Blue Note Records. His playing is different from other guitarists I have heard perform recently. His style is unique and refreshing. His melodic approach is very much borrowed from traditional West African Benin music and is well blended to contemporary jazz. Magical. Loueke is exceptionally creative and is at ease with his instrument in the entourage of Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter.

This CD is fantastic. *****
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By Conrad Andriani on May 6, 2008
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Mr. Louke is an extraordinary guitarist!
I first heard his playing, live on the radio (Soundcheck, WNYC), solo.
It was a thrill. Then add the extraordinary players, including Mr. Shorter and Mr. Hancock, and we have a really fine record. Bravo and good luck to you Mr. Loueke!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Cooper on June 10, 2008
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Lionel Loueke had the good fortune to play guitar on the Album-of-the-year-winning "River" CD by Herbie Hancock. He had the misfortunate to get mixed low, so it's hard to hear most of his contributions. On his solo album, you get much more of Lionel. On the opening title track, he's playing African-style guitar and singing wordless vocals. Lionel brings in Herbie Hancock for "Seven Teens", and it has a much jazzier sound. Lionel's guitar style is not conventionally jazzy. It's more percussive, sometimes horn-like, and he doesn't run off a string of eighth or sixteenth notes. "Skylark" is back to the core trio. The bassist, "Massimo Biolcati" and the drummer, "Ferenc Nemeth", are a very good rhythm section. They sound good and creative in the jazzy or African-style songs. "Zala" is another trio song with unison guitar and singing, with some Dave Matthew-style (and I'm sure he cribbed it from an African artist) yelps signify the end of a verse. "Naima" has Wayne Shorter, and it references the melody, but is relatively abstract. "Benny's Tune" is the jazziest of the trio songs. "Light Dark" has Shorter and Hancock together. This is a similar lineup to the "River" CD. The big difference is that the guitar is mixed louder, so there are three prominent voices. It's a good song, and sounds unsurprisingly similar to Wayne Shorter's 21st-century output. "Agbannon Blues" is a good, bluesy song, and "Nonvignon" closes the CD with another African-style trio song. This is a pretty good CD. Some of the trio songs are a little light, and the guests dominate the songs they're on.
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