The Pick of the Week continues celebrating Jazz Month. In this edition, we feature Lionel Loueke Trio in his 2010 performance at the Atlas Center for the Performing Arts. Guitarist, singer, composer Loueke seamlessly blends West African harmonies and jazz rhythms with Massimo Biolcati on bass and Ferenc Nemeth on drums. Praised by his mentor Herbie Hancock as "a musical painter," Lionel Loueke combines harmonic sophistication, soaring melody, a deep knowledge of African music, and conventional and extended guitar techniques to create a warm and evocative sound of his own. We hope this Pick of the Week inspires you to learn more about Lionel Loueke.
Originally from the small West African nation of Benin, guitarist Lionel Loueke performed at the Atlas Center for the Performing Arts as part of the Library of Congress Concert Series in 2010. In 2008 and 2009, he was picked as top Rising Star guitarist in Down Beat magazine's annual Critics Poll. His sophomore release for Blue Note, Mwaliko, follows up 2007's acclaimed Karibu with a series of searching, innovative, intimate duets with Angelique Kidjo, Esperanza Spalding, Richard Bona and Marcus Gilmore. Loueke also includes three new tracks featuring his longtime trio with Massimo Biolcati on bass and Ferenc Nemeth on drums.
The following is a blog post from 2021 Library of Congress Jazz Scholar, Terri Lyne Carrington.
As I took a walk on a cold February afternoon in Massachusetts, I continued working through feelings I have formed in response to the inequities women have faced in jazz. Although I thought I was taking a break walking, I soon realized the work never stops, that it is a daily practice and that I am continuously working through systems that I have strangely grown accustomed to. READ MORE
A guide to the extensive jazz holdings in the Music Division at the Library of Congress, which includes scores, manuscript material, sheet music, books, serials, and copyright deposit lead sheets.