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Loueke, Lionel / Mwaliko
Album:Mwaliko Collection:Jazz
Artist:Loueke, Lionel Added:02/2010
Label:Blue Note 

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Add Date:2010-04-18 Pull Date:2010-06-20 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:20 Jun6 Jun23 May16 May2 May
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1.Fri, 24 Jun 11:Fo
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4.Sat, 22 May 10:Eme O
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2.Sat, 19 Jun 10:Eme O
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5.Sun, 09 May 10:GreenBean
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3.Tue, 01 Jun 10:Decca
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6.Fri, 30 Apr 10:Fo
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Album Review
Fo
Reviewed 2010-04-18 
LIONEL LOUEKE: Mwaliko
Blue Note, 2010

WORLD JAZZ – This disc is a disappointment, not half as entrancing as Loueke’s previous work (try "Karibu"), but it still has some lovely moments. Originally from Benin, West Africa, LL lives in a sonic world all his own. The African flavor is unmistakable, but LL’s music also has a gossamer unreality to it, with delicately conversational guitar picking, falsetto singing and clicking vocal percussion. Despite several guest-star turns, this is a very intimate album: no track has more than a trio.

* * * | Fo’s Picks: 1, 3, 5, 9, 12

1. 4:21 – Angelique Kidjo’s voice soars over happy guitar & mouth percussion
2. 6:03 – trio: vocal intro, then propulsive contemporary jazz, odd guitar effects
3. 5:30 – sweet, lilting duet w bassist/singer Esperanza Spalding; gentle solos
4. 4:43 – sleepy, syrupy duet with bassist/singer Richard Bona… yawn… ugh
5. 4:03 – cool scatting from Esperanza Spalding, settles into a sweet groove
6. 1:17 – slow solo guitar, intro to #7…
7. 6:10 – soft, trio drifts into quiet flight, upbeat fusion-y sounds, relaxed bop
8. 4:44 – enigmatic duet w/ drummer Marcus Gilmore, steady, near monotone
9. 2:29 – twisty guitar, walking rhythm, Angelique Kidjo’s voice adds force
10. 4:22 – lively but somewhat noodling trio jam with a fusion feel
11. 0:39 – brief guitar solo, knotty phrases separated by wide spaces
12. 4:34 – nice, relaxed African duo jam with Richard Bona

[ Fo ] 04/18/10

Track Listing
1.Ami O 7.L.L.
2.Griot 8.Nefertiti
3.Twins 9.Vi Ma Yon
4.Wishes 10.Shazoo
5.Flying 11.Dangee
6.Intro To L.L. 12.Hide Life