1989 Koinonia – Koinonia

This self titled album was Kononia’s fourth album.

Koinonia was a band birthed from the fusion in jazz music, which occurred in the 1970s and 1980s, contributing to a new, more electrified and diverse genre called jazz-funk. Other notable pioneers in this genre were: The Crusaders, Weather Report, Herbie Hancock, Alphonse Mouzon, Chick Corea, Lee Ritenour, Azymuth, Eumir Deodato, Jeff Lorber, and Seawind.

Though less known in the United States, Koinonia established themselves as a huge sensation in Scandinavia and Western Europe, performing to sell-out crowds from 1982 to 1991 in Norway, Denmark, The Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Switzerland and France. Their Latin-infused rhythms and upbeat melodies gave them a distinct and cultured sound. Taken from a Greek word used in the Bible to mean “intimate fellowship” Koinonia was notably one of the first Christian, though primarily instrumental, jazz bands.


1Talk About It (Harlan Rogers, Lou Pardini, Jerry Hey, Abe Laboriel)4:51
2We Know The Way By Heart (Lou Pardini, Roy Freeland)3:55
3Alegría (Abe Laboriel)4:02
4Is It Too Late (Lou Pardini)5:02
5Mistral (Abe Laboriel)4:58
6We’re All In This Together (Lou Pardini, Jeff Pescetto, Reed Vertelney)4:19
7Come Share My World (Brenda Russell, Abe Laboriel)4:30
8You are my love (Harlan Rogers)4:27
9Straight To Paradise (Meredith Marshall, Lou Pardini, Abe Laboriel)3:52
10Lyn (Abe Laboriel)2:53



BassAbe Laboriel
DrumsBill Maxwell
GuitarMike Landau
Acoustic GuitarAbe Laboriel
KeyboardsHarlan Rogers
KeyboardsLou Pardini
PercussionMike Fisher
VocalsLou Pardini

Other Musicians

1 Talk About It

Background VocalsRose Banks
Background VocalsJean Johnson

2 We Know The Way By Heart

Background VocalsAlfie Silas

4 Is It Too Late

Background VocalsJeff Pescetto

6 We’re All In This Together

GuitarDean Parks
Background VocalsJeff Pescetto
Background VocalsPatti Henley
Background VocalsBrenda Lee Eager

7 Come Share My World

Background VocalsAlfie Silas

Liner Notes

Producer – Jerry Hey
Executive Producer – Jerry Levin
Engineer – Richard McKernan
Engineer (Additional) – Rail Rogut, Gary Wagner, Joey Wolpert, Steve Montgomery, Debbie Johnson
Mixed – Mick Guzauski

Record Company – Mesa/Bluemoon Recordings, Ltd.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – The Wigwam Group
Copyright (c) – The Wigwam Group
Licensed Through – Mesa/Bluemoon Recordings, Ltd.
Licensed From – The Wigwam Group
Marketed By – Mesa/Bluemoon Recordings, Ltd.
Distributed By – Rhino Records Inc.
Distributed By – BMG Music Canada Inc.
Glass Mastered At – Nimbus

Recorded at Record One, Conway, Skip Saylor and Take One Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA.