This past Sunday I caught two extraordinary musicians who I've followed for the past year or so, vocalist Gretchen Parlato and guitarist/vocalist Lionel Loueke, at Brooklyn's Botanic Garden. Deft in multiple genres (jazz, bossa nova, west African, rock), the two inventively covered Michael Jackson, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, performed some compelling songs by songwriter Josh Mease, some Loueke originals and a few tunes from Parlato's stellar self-titled debut (which you should buy immediately). Co-sponsor WBGO recorded the performance and is airing their Sunday set this evening at 6:30 PM (You can stream the radio broadcast online). I highly recommend it.
"I Can't Help It" (Wonder)
"Me & You" (Mease)