Sunday, July 2, 2017

Kevin Hays and Lionel Loueke's Hope shipping now (NEW VELLE RECORDS)

This record is truly something special.  We very much hope you enjoy Kevin Hays and Lionel Loueke's Hope.  A labor of love from two masters of their craft.  All original music from these two stellar composers and improvisers.  This record is shipping out today from our plant in Paris to all Newvelle Members.


"There’s a commonality of intention and inspiration here.  A search for—or rather, a reliance upon—something beneath the surface.  This is, of course, something that is represented and searched for in all music, not just improvisational music, but the connection between Lionel and Kevin is so clear and warm that it is hard not to try to understand it.  For these musicians who grew up across the globe from each other, to pull at the subterranean strands of connection, expose them to the world, and turn them on so they glow and illuminate -- this is fundamental to the very idea of “hope.”  For whether you find solace in the divine, the spiritual or the human, it’s this sort of communion that we’re all searching for, and relying upon."

--excerpted from the liner notes by Elan Mehler

Hays/Loueke "Twins" written by Lionel Loueke
Video shot by Sarah Enid Hagey and edited by Ben Chace

Next month we're releasing a quartet led by pianist Jon Cowherd.  A record of all original music featuring an incredible band of Steve Cardenas, Tony Scherr and Brian Blade.   Vibrant, melodic stuff from some of the leading lights of the New York scene.

The 4th record in this series is from the phenomenal young bassist Chris Tordini.  Featuring guitarist Greg Ruggerio and recent Rising Star Downbeat Winner, vocalist Becca Stevens.  An album of standards, this one is a heartbreaker.

John Patitucci Trio Featuring Yotam Silberstein and Rogerio Boccato

Kevin Hays and Lionel Loueke Duo

Jon Cowherd Quartet featuring Steve Cardenas, Tony Scherr and Brian Blade

Chris Tordini Trio featuring Becca Stevens and Greg Ruggerio

Aruán Ortiz revisiting the music of the great Cuban classical composers

Rufus Reid Trio with Steve Allee and Duduka Da Fonseca and featuring the Sirius Quartet

All of our cover and interior photographs for Season Two come from the astonishing French Collective Tendance Floue.  Our Recording Engineer on all six records is the incomparable multi-Grammy winning Marc Urselli.  Mastering engineer is the brilliant Alex Deturk.  Jim Hoppin and Sarah Enid Hagey shot lovely video for us at these sessions.  All video editing is by the award-winning Ben Chace.  Jordan Kleinman shoots all our studio photos.  Our web team is run by French genius Aymeric Auberger.  Social Media management by Jessye Mehler.  Newvelle is run by:  Elan Mehler and Jean-Christophe Morisseau.