gretchen parlato & lionel loueke duo

Lean In (Edition Records, 19.5.2023)

Reflecting on the great musical duos of our time and what it is that makes them essential, it would seem plausible that there would be at least a short list of common foundational factors necessary for success. For eminent artists, vocalist-arranger Gretchen Parlato and guitarist- vocalist Lionel Loueke, their formula is anchored in what could initially seem to be contrasting components — intrinsic rootedness paired with freedom, spontaneity, and impulse. The development of an earthy connection lays the groundwork for the confidence and trust required for experimentation and ascension. Of their affecting, palpable synergy, Loueke has endearingly adopted the term “Musical Soulmate.”
“It’s somebody who finishes your musical sentences, so to speak ... someone whom I completely trust and admire,” says Parlato elaborating on the sentiment. “We are challenging each other at the same time,” adds Loueke. “I just go wherever she is and vice versa. So, there’s no comfort zone. We get into the Unknown Zone.”


„With a voice as sweet and cool as a spring breeze, Gretchen Parlato would sound at home in any cozy jazz club from Paris to Sao Paulo. The sound of Lionel Loueke's voice and guitar is at least 60 percent rhythm, with his plucking and crooning having an innate percussive pulse running through it. Two decades of collaboration and close friendship are on display with Parlato and Loueke's first full duo-recording; Lean In shows the breadth of their globe-spanning interests and dazzling versatility, but most important is the heartfelt warmth through every moment.“ (Geno Thackara, All About Jazz, 27.5.2023)

„Der Blick über den jeweiligen Tellerrand, die sorgfältige Auseinandersetzung von Parlato und Loueke mit Neuem und zunächst Fremdem führten zu einem einzigartigen, abwechslungsreichen Album.“ (Werner Stiefele, RONDO, 20.5.2023)

„A treat (...) Parlato sings with unshowy elan, always sensuous and involving, while the duo’s joint vocals on opener Akwe are positively joyous." (Neil Spencer, The Guardian UK, 29.4.2023)

„Soul-stirring“ (10 Albums to Know in May, JazzIz Magazine, May 2023)

„The wonderful voice of Gretchen Parlato, in duo with the excellent Lionel Loueke, is simply a pure moment of happiness.” (Thierry De Clemensat, Paris Move, 4.5.2023)

Line Up

Gretchen Parlato, vocals
Lionel Loueke, guitar




08.04.2024  travel to Europe
10.04.2024  AMSTERDAM/Netherlands - Bimhuis
12.04.2024  MADRID/Spain - Recoletos Jazz Madrid
13.04.2024  MADRID/Spain - Recoletos Jazz Madrid
17.04.2024  VIENNA/Austria - Konzerthaus Wien - Mozartsaal
28.04.2024  BASEL/Switzerland - Volkshaus Basel - Festsaal No 4
30.04.2024  return home


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