Guitarist/composer/innovator Lionel Loueke first garnered acclaim as a member of Terence Blanchard’s band, which he joined while still a student at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. While his instantly recognizable sound has enabled him to be a sought after sideman, his records as a leader are where he is really able to showcase his unique talent and push musical boundaries. With each release he showcases his growth as an artist and his inexhaustible creativity — an example being his 2012 Blue Note release, Heritage, which was co-produced by Robert Glasper. The record found Loueke embracing a different sound than the one heard on his first records, which featured a very percussive, acoustic guitar driven ensemble and signaled a new musical direction featuring a more electric adaptation of his unmistakably West-African influenced playing.
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In his forthcoming release GAÏA (Out Oct. 30th), his fourth for Blue Note, Lionel Loueke continues to explore the possibilities of the electric guitar with a record heavily influenced by rock music. Recorded with his longtime trio consisting of himself, bassist Massimo Biolcati and drummer Ferenc Nemeth live in front of an intimate audience, the new album captures the awe-inspiring energy of a Loueke show. With his trademark extended guitar technique where he makes the guitar sound like a talking drum and mind boggling time signatures in 35/8 and 19/4, GAÏA keeps the listener engaged through and never makes complex musical concepts sound like exercises.

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