Nguyên Lê

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Nguyên Lê
Nguyên Lê 2013
Nguyên Lê 2013
Background information
Also known asLê Hong Nguyên
Born (1959-01-14) 14 January 1959 (age 64)
Paris, France
GenresJazz, jazz fusion
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, producer, arranger, sound engineer
Nguyên Lê at Aarhus Jazz Festival

Nguyên Lê (Vietnamese: Lê Thành Nguyên; born 14 January 1959) is a French jazz musician and composer of Vietnamese ancestry.[1] His main instrument is guitar, and he also plays bass guitar and guitar synthesizer.[2]

He has released albums as a leader and as a sideman. His 1996 album Tales from Viêt-Nam blends jazz and traditional Vietnamese music. Nguyên Lê has performed with Randy Brecker, Vince Mendoza, Eric Vloeimans, Carla Bley, Michel Portal, Renaud Garcia-Fons, Per Mathisen, Marc Johnson, Peter Erskine, Trilok Gurtu, Paolo Fresu and Dhafer Youssef.[3]

In spring 2011 he released Songs of Freedom, an album with cover versions of pop hits from the 1970s.



As leader[edit]

  • 1990: Miracles (Musidisc), with Art Lande, Marc Johnson and Peter Erskine
  • 1992: Zanzibar (Musidisc), with Paul McCandless, Joël Allouche
  • 1995: Million Waves (ACT), with Dieter Ilg and drummer Danny Gottlieb
  • 1996: Tales from Vietnam (ACT), with Huong Thanh, Hao Nhien, Paolo Fresu, Trilok Gurtu, Simon Spang-Hanssen, Michel Benita
  • 1997: Three Trios (ACT)
  • 1998: Maghreb & Friends (ACT)
  • 1999: Moon and Wind (ACT), with Huong Thanh
  • 2000: Bakida (ACT), with Renaud Garcia-Fons and Tino di Geraldo featuring Carles Benavent
  • 2002: Purple – Celebrating Jimi Hendrix (ACT)
  • 2005: Walking on the Tiger's Tail (ACT) with Paul McCandless, Art Lande and Jamey Haddad
  • 2006: Homescape (ACT), duos with Paolo Fresu and Dhafer Youssef
  • 2007: Fragile Beauty (ACT), with Huong Thanh
  • 2009: Saiyuki (ACT)
  • 2011: Songs of Freedom (ACT)
  • 2014: Celebrating Dark Side of the Moon (ACT)
  • 2017: Hà Nội Duo (ACT), featuring Ngo Hong Quang
  • 2019: Streams (ACT)

As sideman[edit]

With Safy Boutella

Within Uri Caine Ensamble

  • 2006: Uri Caine Ensemble Plays Mozart (Winter & Winter)
  • 2009: The Othello Syndrome (Winter & Winter)

Within ELB, including with Peter Erskine and Michel Benita

  • 2001: ELB (ACT)
  • 2008: Dream Flight (ACT), featuring Stéphane Guillaume

Within Andy Emler Mega Octet

  • 1992: Head Games (Label Bleu)

With Paolo Fresu

  • 1998: Angel (BMG France/RCA Victor)
  • 2012: Cinquant'Anni Suonati – 2 (Gruppo Editoriale L'Espresso S.p.A.)

With François Moutin and André Ceccarelli

  • 1993: Init (Phonogram), featuring Bob Berg

With Cæcilie Norby, Lars Danielsson, and Leszek Możdżer

  • 2013: Silent Ways (ACT)

With Romano/Sclavis/Texier + Enrico Rava, Bojan Z

  • 2012: 3+3 (Label Bleu)

Within Ultramarine

With Dhafer Youssef

With Tùng Dương

  • 2013: Độc đạo (Dihavina)


  1. ^ Dominique Auzias, Jean-Paul Labourdette Vietnam 2012-13 - 2012- Page 74 "Compositeurs contemporains : Nguyên Lê. Né à Paris en 1959 de parents vietnamiens : « J'ai oublié le vietnamien en commençant l'école."
  2. ^ "Musician Nguyen Le Biography -".
  3. ^ "Nguyen Le - jazz guitar -".

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