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- ASIN: B0014567Q6
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,991,815 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Top Customer Reviews
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.
This CD is fantastic. *****
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excellent, unique piece of work. Every time I listen to this album I hear something new.Published on July 20, 2008 by David Ferrari
Enjoyed this CD, not as much as Virgin Forest, but it's enjoyable and you can certainly appreciate Mr. Loueke's talent.Published on June 13, 2008 by Danielita
Lionel Loueke shows why he is in such high demand these days. Jazz meets Africa in an organic way. Can't wait for more!Published on May 2, 2008 by Erik S. Neldner