A blend of beauty and substance ★★★★½
– Jeff Krow, Audiophile Audition

A duo collaboration of rare intuitive accord.
– Nate Chinen, WBGO

Hope

Hope

“There’s a commonality of intention and inspiration here. A search for—or rather, a reliance upon—something beneath the surface. This is, of course, something that is represented and searched for in all music, not just improvisational music, but the connection between Lionel and Kevin is so clear and warm that it is hard not to try to understand it. For these musicians who grew up across the globe from each other, to pull at the subterranean strands of connection, expose them to the world, and turn them on so they glow and illuminate — this is fundamental to the very idea of “hope.” For whether you find solace in the divine, the spiritual or the human, it’s this sort of communion that we’re all searching for, and relying upon.”

– excerpted from the liner notes by Elan Mehler