20 best jazz albums of 2023 - JazzFM

Gretchen Parlato & Lionel Loueke, Lean In

Self-proclaimed “musical soulmates,” Gretchen Parlato and Lionel Loueke celebrate 20 years of friendship and collaboration on their duo album Lean In. Pulling from both of their strengths, this record offers a feast for the ears: playful, complex rhythms; influences from various genres, including Afrobeat and Brazilian music; and fabulous vocals from both Parlato and Loueke. Lean In is an album you’ll have on repeat. —Raina Hersh