Treading a path somewhere between soul music and folk song, Lieko Quintet are developing a new-world sound that turns contemporary jazz on its head. Deep grooves and a brassy, dirty-funk sound anchored by melody and freely improvised, this is brain-melting blend that moves from dripping fusion beats to swirling soundscapes.
Lieko’s original compositions derive from versatile pianist Alex Hill, who is involved in a huge number of projects from contemporary jazz to New Orleans speakeasy jives, to funk, hip-hop and afrobeat. Hill has a hand in AGBEKO, The Easy Rollers, Marouli, The Foo Birds, Kara and more, but Lieko Quintet is the point where all of his influences combine. Digging up standards from Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk with intriguingly fresh arrangements, Lieko manage to breathe new life into much-covered tunes with unusual meter grooves providing the basis for intense solos. The original compositions are earthy and powerful, inventively arranged to focus around melody while holding fast to a raw and ragged sound.
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John Hunt’s Blues Kitchen – Week 6!
We’re getting a bit worried now…
Week 6 of John Hunt’s quarantine blues recorded live from his kitchen.
John’s virtual tip jar: PayPal.me/mrjohnhunt
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