Dr. Lonnie Smith: Too Damn Hot! (2004)
On his current release, the aptly titled Too Damn Hot! , Smith spices up the standard organ trio with two fiery guitarists (Peter Bernstein and Rodney Jones) in addition to organ and drums (either Greg Hutchinson or Fukushi Tainaka). Bernstein's intricate lead guitar and, especially, Jones' funky rhythm add an extra flavor to the set of mostly original Smith tunes.
Together, the quartet traces the many varieties of soul jazz from the Crescent City groove of the opening "Norleans" to the sultry blues of the title tune and the down-home funk of "Your Mama's Got a Complex." While this is a mostly heated affair, Smith cools things down on two ballads: a mild reading of Horace Silver's "Silver Serenade" and a breezy take on "Someday My Prince Will Come." This is a fun, funky album that solidifies Smith's status as one of the true heroes of the Hammond.
Track Listing: Norleans; Too Damn Hot; Back Track; The Whip; Silver Serenade; One Cylinder; Someday My Prince Will Come; Your Mama's Got a Complex; Evil Turn.
Personnel: Dr. Lonnie Smith, organ; Peter Bernstein, guitar; Rodney Jones, ryhthm guitar; Greg Hutchinson, drums; Fukushi Tainaka, drums.
Record Label: Palmetto Records