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Close Your Eyes

by Lionel Loueke

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Footprints 06:03
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Countdown 04:16
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Moon River 04:15
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Solar 03:39
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Blue Monk 06:24
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Skylark 07:12
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We See 05:26
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Naima 03:35

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Lionel Loueke, one of the jazz world’s most searingly original and sought-after guitarists, has devoted the bulk of his output to original music. But Close Your Eyes, originally released on vinyl by Newvelle in 2018, found the Benin-born Loueke focusing entirely on standards and canonical jazz classics. Joined by the marquee rhythm section of bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Eric Harland (known for their inspired teamwork in groups led by Charles Lloyd, Aaron Goldberg and more), Loueke applied his distinctive rhythmic and harmonic approach to material from the Great American Songbook as well as the oeuvre of jazz greats John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis. Now, thanks to Sounderscore Records, an independent label founded by Loueke’s longtime Gilfema bandmate Massimo Biolcati, Close Your Eyes is being issued for the first time on CD and digitally, streaming on all major platforms.

Three additional songs not featured on the vinyl release — John Coltrane’s “Countdown,” Hoagy Carmichael’s “Skylark” and Thelonious Monk’s “We See” — are also now available for the first time on the Sounderscore reissue.

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released October 22, 2021

Lionel Loueke - Guitar & Vocals
Reuben Rogers - Acoustic Bass
Eric Harland - Drums

Publishers: Footprints by Kobalt Music Publishing, It Might As Well Be Spring by Williamson Music Co (ASCAP), Countdown & Naima by Jowcol Music (BMI), Moon River by Sony ATV Harmony (ASCAP), Solar by Prestige Music Co (BMI), Blue Monk & We See by Thelonious Music Corp. (BMI), Body and Soul by WC Music Corp, Range Road Music Inc, Quartet Music (ASCAP), Druropetal Music (BMI), Close Your Eyes by Bernice Petkere Music Company (ASCAP), Skylark by Songs Of Peer LTD, WC Music Corp (ASCAP)

Lionel Loueke plays Sadowsky Guitars, Godin Guitars, Kemper Amplifiers and Sadowsky Strings

Produced by Elan Mehler, Jean-Christophe Morisseau and Massimo Biolcati.

Originally released on vinyl exclusively on Newvelle Records.

Recorded by Marc Urselli at EastSide Sound, New York on September 23, 2017
Mixed and Mastered by David Darlington at Bass Hit Recording, New York, NY

Photos by Elan Mehler

Artwork by Miranda Danusugondo

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Lionel Loueke

nown 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, Watermelon Man and Rock It), and creates something entirely fresh and new. ... more

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