Lionel Loueke — HH (Sept. 11, 2020)
χ♦ HH je zbrusu nové album Lionela Louekeho, které hraje hudbu jeho dlouhodobého mentora, legendárního Herbieho Hancocka. 11. sólové a 61. albová participace. Lionel Loueke je jedním z nejvýznamnějších, nejpřesvědčivějších a nejinovativnějších umělců své i jakékoli generace na mezinárodní scéně. Známý svou schopností „přeměnit kytaru na virtuální afro~západní orchestr“ (Jazz Times), je hudebníkem, který přesahuje žánr a vytváří bezkonkurenční sound. Lionel v hlubokém osobní poctě převzal Herbieho nejznámější skladby (včetně Cantaloupe Island, Watermelon Man a Rock It) a vytvoří něco zcela čerstvého a nového.
Born: April 27, 1973, Cotonou, Benin ~ Ivory Coast
Location: Ivory Coast, West Africa
Album release: 16 October 2020
Record Label: Edition Records
01. Hang Up Your Hang Ups 3:20
02. Driftin’ 3:00
03. Tell Me A Bedtime Story 4:47
04. Actual Proof 3:03
05. Cantaloupe Island 4:04
06. Butterfly 3:28
07. Dolphin Dance 4:30
08. Watermelon Man 5:03
09. Come Running To Me 4:41
10. Voyage Maiden 3:45
11. Rockit 3:28
12. Speak Like A Child 3:09
13. Homage to HH 4:09
14. One Finger Snap 3:07
♦ All music composed by Herbie Hancock except tracks 10 & 13 composed by Lionel Loueke.
♦ Recorded by Stefano Amerio at Artesuono produzioni musicali & recording studios Cavalicco, Udine, Italy, 13th~15th February 2019
♦ Mixed and mastered by Dave Darlington at Bass Hit Recording, New York, 15th March 2019
♦ Artwork design by Oli Bentley, Split
♦ Photography by Dave Stapleton
♦ Lionel Loueke plays D’Angelico Guitars, Sadowsky Guitars, Heeres Guitars, Schottmueller Guitars, Zaletelj Guitars, Relish Guitars and Godin Guitars.
♦ Produced by Lionel Loueke
♦ Executive producer: Dave Stapleton
♦ Co~produced by Massimo BiolcatiReview
χ♦ Known for his ability to “transform the guitar into a virtual Afro~Western orchestra” (Jazz Times), Lionel Loueke is a musician who transcends genre to create unparalleled sounds. In a deeply personal tribute, Lionel takes Herbie’s best~known compositions (including ‘Cantaloupe Island’, ‘Rock It’ and ‘Watermelon Man’), and creates something entirely fresh and new.
χ♦ …His new album, HH, released on Edition Records, is a pivotal album in his already fascinating journey from humble roots to international stardom. Over the last two decades, he has worked tirelessly as a sideman and guitarist for hire. This is his opportunity to stand at the forefront and shine on his own, very special project.χ♦ Performing music from his mentor and legendary musician Herbie Hancock, this album is hugely personal for Loueke. It was in 2001 that Herbie, along with Terence Blanchard and Wayne Shorter, selected Lionel for a place at the famed Monk Institute as well as, later in 2005, asking him to join the band.
χ♦ Reworking Herbie’s best~known compositions as well as lesser~known works, Loueke has stamped his personal sound and individual genius, and deep knowledge accrued at first hand whilst being on the road with Herbie on this great body of work.
χ♦ This album is as much a dedication as a personal tribute to a musician that has changed the face of this music. It’s a hugely compelling and uniquely individual take on music that has been hugely influential to musicians of all styles and genres. You’ll not hear versions of these great songs so original and beautiful, immersed in the primary inspiration of the composer.