Gretchen Parlato & Lionel Loueke: Lean In

by Ammar Kalia, the Hot Box, Downbeat

The twin vocal styles of Parlato and Loueke — melismatic and effortlessly melodic for the former, percussive and intricately powerful for the latter — are the perfect match. Through voice and guitar alone the pair create a remarkably expansive soundworld, traversing everything from soft bossa nova to flashes of fractal modernism.