The Lonnie Smith Trio: Afro Blue
Abercrombie's angular and unusual phrasing serves as a perfect match for Smith's melodic comping and enticing Hammond B3 overtones. Marvin "Smitty" Smith as usual is the perfect accompaniast and provides the neccessary dynamics to heighten the intensity. "Impressions" is lively and spirited. "Naima" serves as a brief interlude. "Traces of Trane" is a Smith original and "Lonnie's Lament" burns with passion and conviction. "Bessies Blues" is a tasty arrangement and ends the set with a bang. Basically, a well executed and delightful recording. It won't set the world on fire but what we have here is good working-class, no-frills jazz!
Afro Blue, Impressions, Naima, Traces of Love, Lonnie's Lament, Bessie's Blues
Record Label: Musicmasters