Lionel Loueke (featuring Herbie Hancock): La Poursuite du Lion
La Poursuite du Lion
Lionel Loueke (guitar, vocals)
Virgin Forest (Obliq Sound)
Composed by Lionel Loueke and Herbie Hancock.
Rating: 94/100 (learn more)
Loueke is joined by piano master Herbie Hancock on this song. The duo play back and forth between each other with Hancock dominating the sonic spectrum of the song with low bass thuds and high register melodic runs. Towards the end of the song Loueke sings his solo, which is very chromatic and sounds very interesting when Hancock initiates some call and response with him. Although I really like Loueke and Hancock better together on River: The Joni Letters and Karibu, this is still a fantastic three minutes of interaction from one of the best to have ever done it and one of the most promising talents of the future. Go out and get this disc if you liked Loueke's Blue Note debut. You will be very surprised at the subtleties heard on this album and more importantly the rich sounds heard when jazz is mixed up with West African styles. Salud!
Reviewer: Jared Pauley