Best of 2023 - The Boston Globe

Gretchen Parlato & Lionel Loueke, “Lean In”
Did any disc offer more pure pleasure, track by track, than this gem from the Benin-born guitarist Lionel Loueke and the American singer Gretchen Parlato? 
Singing in English, Portuguese, and the indigenous Fon of Benin, the two weave vocal and guitar lines supported by a variety of light percussive grooves, including the Carlos Pingarilho-Marcos Vasconcellos samba “Astronauta” and the joyous Afrobeat of Parlato’s “If I Knew.” (Jon Garelick)