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Hello everyone, welcome to week two of February 2010! As always, I’m elated to share with you “simply the best jazz you never heard.”

Featured Album of the Week

Lionel Louke - Mwaliko

Lionel Loueke -|- Mwaliko – [Blue Note Records, 2010]

Originally from the small West African nation of Benin, guitarist Lionel Loueke has enjoyed a meteoric rise over the past several years. In 28 and 29, he was picked as top Rising Star guitarist in Down Beat magazine’s annual Critics Poll.

His sophomore release for Blue Note, follows up 27’s acclaimed Karibu with a series of searching, innovative, intimate duets with Angelique Kidjo, Esperanza Spalding, Richard Bona and Marcus Gilmore. Loueke also includes three new tracks featuring his longtime trio with Massimo Biolcati on bass and Ferenc Nemeth on drums.

Go to NPR, for and exclusive first listen to Loueke’s forth album as a soloist and second recording on Blue Note Records.

New Music Releases

New jazz releases for the week of 2/9/2010, via the folks at Amazon.com.

-))- I’m New Here by Gil Scott-Heron
-))- Mwaliko by Lionel Loueke
-))- Two-Shade by Gerald Clayton
-))- Keep Riding by Rob White
-))- Ages by Lorraine Feather
-))- Simpatico (Dig) by Claudio Roditi
-))- Bombella by Abdullah Ibrahim
-))- Solider of Love by Sade
-))- Ceremony by Omar Sosa
-))- Out ‘N’ In by Empirical
-))- Across the Oceans (Dig) by Ivoire
-))- Grow (Dig) by Lisbeth

..:: Source: Amazon.com ::..