Lionel Loueke: Vivi




Lionel Loueke (guitar, vocals)


Virgin Forest (Obliq Sound)

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Lionel Loueke (guitar, vocals), Gretchen Parlato (vocals).

Composed by Lionel Loueke


Recorded: 2006


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

Coming two years before his Blue Note debut album Karibu, this album finds Loueke in much more subdued territory than his later releases. On this particular song, Loueke is joined by vocalist Gretchen Parlato, whose voice works really well for this Brazilian sounding song. Loueke's voice blends well with Parlato's voice. It would be nice to hear a whole album from just the two of them. I am not sure who is playing percussion behind Loueke but it's a nice addition, giving the track some much needed flare. Loueke plays some nice chordal shapes half way through the song before the vocals set back in.

Overall, it's not like this style of music hasn't been done but Loueke and Parlato do it complete justice with their vocals, which are perfect for the South American tinge found on this song.

Reviewer: Jared Pauley

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