This duo between Grammy-nominated vocalist Gretchen Parlato and acclaimed guitarist Lionel Loueke had been written in the stars for years. Each in their own way, they made their mark on the international jazz scene, both with soulful melodies and improvisational genius.
Their album Lean In (2023) - honed by years of collaboration - is a testament to the power of musical camaraderie and shared vulnerability. Hear two visionary masters at work; soothing yet joyful and full of light.
Gretchen Parlato is acclaimed for her unique phrasing, empathy and love of Brazilian music. Alongside her is internationally acclaimed guitarist Lionel Loueke, known for his work with Herbie Hancock and seamlessly blending traditional West African influences with modern jazz.
What happens when these established artists bring their remarkable talent together? It literally transcends boundaries and genres: you hear English, Portuguese and Fon languages seamlessly fused on a bed of pop, R&B, afrobeat and bossa nova.
Gretchen Parlato x Lionel Loueke
Gretchen Parlato (voice), Lionel Loueke (guitar)
Lean In is not just another album; it is a profound reflection on the tumultuous times we have collectively faced. Conceived and recorded during a global pandemic, the project explores themes of isolation, self-discovery and resilience.
The lyrics tell a story that resonates with the challenges of the past three years and offer a message of hope, compassion and understanding.
photo © Lauren Desberg
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