Lionel Loueke's Close Your Eyes is releasing this week! We are enormously excited to be working with Lionel again after last year's collaboration with Kevin Hays. This record features the stellar world class rhythm section of Reuben Rogers on bass and Eric Harland on drums. Lionel is tackling standard repertoire here in a way and with a voice that only he could.
Video shot by Jim Hoppin and edited by Ben Chace
Close Your Eyes
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. JazzTimes wrote "Loueke's lines are smartly formed and deftly executed. His ear-friendly melodicism draws both from traditional African sources and a lifetime of closely studying the likes of Jim Hall and George Benson, and his rhythmic shifts come quickly and packed with surprises." This record marks Lionel's first release featuring standard jazz repertoire in his unique voice. Repertoire including: "Blue Monk", "Body and Soul", "Naima" and "It Might as Well Be Spring."
Reuben Rogers, Lionel Loueke and Eric Harland ©Anna Yatskevich
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--Guy Lemcoe, The Audio Beat
photo by Anna Yatskevich
Steve Cardenas is releasing a record dedicated to greats Charlie Haden and Paul Motian. Recording, with a quartet built of long-time collaborators of both titans Loren Stillman on sax, Thomas Morgan on bass and Matt Wilson on drums, all Charlie and Paul tunes, a couple of which have never been recorded. (February 2018)
The Chicagoan composer and saxophonist Andrew Zimmerman (previously featured on our first release, Frank Kimbrough’s “Meantime”) has put together a drumless quartet featuring pianist Kevin Hays (recording here on the same 9 foot Fazioli that Jack DeJohnette used), the bassist Matt Penman and the great Dave Douglas on trumpet. (April 2018)
Lionel Loueke is releasing his first ever album of standards featuring extraordinary accomplices Reuben Rogers on bass and Eric Harland on drums. (June 2018)
Skúli Sverrisson and Bill Frisell are releasing their first collaboration. All original music from Skúlli, much of it written for Bill. If you are familiar with Skúlli and Bill's music, you'll know what you're getting into, a record of uncommon depth and beauty. (August 2018)
Incredible Cuban drummer Francisco Mela (McCoy Tyner, Joe Lovano, John Scofield) is releasing an album of all original material with his working band featuring Kris Davis, Gerald Cannon and Hery Paz. (October 2018)
Boston based trumpeter Jason Palmer put together a band of his long time New York collaborators for a session of originals and original takes on standards with pianist Leo Genovese (previously featured on his own record on Newvelle), bassist Joe Martin and drummer Kendrick Scott (December 2018)
All of our cover and interior photographs for Season three come fare by Maciej Markowicz . Original text by Ingrid Astier, 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. Anna Yatskevich shoots all our studio photos.
Video shot by Isaac Gillespie and edited by Ben Chace