‘Soul Song’ is the forthcoming album by Yosef Gutman Levitt, leading a quartet that includes world renown guitarist Lionel Loueke.

Vinyl available in a limited edition of 100 units

Lionel Loueke – Guitar
Omri Mor – Piano
Ofri Nehemya – Drums
Yosef Gutman – Bass

Produced and Arranged by Gilad Ronen
Executive Produced by Yosef Gutman Levitt
Recorded in Jerusalem Israel.
Mixed and Mastered by Lars Nilsson @ Nilento Studio, Sweden

All original music written by Yosef-Gutman Levitt and Gilad Ronen
Traditional Nigunim arrangements by Gilad Ronen

Lionel Loueke appears courtesy of Editions Records credits
releases June 23, 2023


When South African-born bassist Yosef-Gutman Levitt made the journey to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music, he encountered a number of likeminded souls there. One of them, a guitarist originally from the West African nation of Benin, had come to Berklee from Paris. His name: Lionel Loueke. After moving to New York, the two continued to nourish their musical bond on a weekly gig in Brooklyn.

Their paths diverged: Loueke became one of the most sought-after musicians of his time, signing to Blue Note and joining the bands of Terence Blanchard and Herbie Hancock, among others. Levitt left the music business, got married, started a family, found success as a tech entrepreneur, and moved to Jerusalem in 2009 following a spiritual rebirth. By 2018, he returned to music and began to refine a distinctive voice on the five-string acoustic bass guitar, his musical calling card, heard to great effect on his debut trio album Upside Down Mountain.

Reuniting after many years, Levitt is excited to share his new album with Loueke, Soul Song, available on his recently launched label of the same name. The album reflects a mutual love of music played from the heart, with melodies clearly and lyrically expressed. Pianist Omri Mor and drummer Ofri Nehemya complete the marvelous quartet lineup. The tracks are primarily Levitt originals cowritten and arranged with producer Gilad Ronen. Levitt plays mainly upright bass, preferring to accompany Loueke rather than attempt to share the lead melodic role. “Lionel is bringing himself to the music, he’s coming as a player,” Levitt explains. And what you give a player like Loueke is all the room he wants.