“…a heartfelt and unpretentious statement by two artists who do not ignore their own cultural roots but seek ways to connect them to other experiences or to find common threads.”
– Alain Drouot, Downbeat

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

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

Hope is an elegant album from two masters with ambitious aims and the talent to convey their message in sublimely stylized manner. ★★★★
– Karl Ackermann, All About Jazz

An album by two songwriters of preternatural abilities.
– Raul da Gama, JazzdaGama



“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