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Dr. Lonnie Smith: Jungle Soul

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Non c’è nessuna ragione che lo abbia spinto ad indossare un turbante né ad assumere l’appellattivo di Doctor Lonnie Smith. Almeno, così lui dice. Nessuno lo sa, nemmeno lui. Di sicuro sa far suonare molto bene l’organo Hammond B3 a tal punto da guadagnarsi nella sua lunga e fortunata carriera il premio come miglior organista nel 1969 (Downbeat) e per tre anni consecutivi (2003- 2005) la Jazz Journalist Association lo ha votato come miglior tastierista.

Credenziali di tutto rispetto queste. Se si aggiungesse che è stato a fianco di George Benson e Lou Donaldson, che ha suonato con musicisti del calibro di Randy Brecker e Dizzy Gillespie, tra gli altri, si ha ben chiaro il quadro artistico di questo autentico innovatore e perfezionista dell’organo Hammond. Ha anche affascinato la generazione acid e quella degli innovatori rock: il talento creativo di Beck, non si è fatto sfuggire l’occasione di utilizzare il sampling di “I Walk on Guilded Splinters” nella fortunata cantilena d “Loser”.

Jungle Soul, il suo ultimo CD, esprime al meglio la sua carica timbrica e il suo savoir faire. Accanto a composizioni originali (la title track, “Jungle Wisdom”), spiccano le cover di “Trouble Man” (Marvin Gaye), in cui il sapore soul si tinge di jazz da intrattenimento, e le suggestioni modali della monkiana “Bemsha Swing”.

Track Listing: Trouble Man; Simone; Jungle Soul; Willow Weep for Me; Freedom Jazz Dance; Blue Moment; Witch Doctor; Bemsha Swing; Zimbabwe; Jungle Wisdom.

Personnel: Dr. Lonnie Smith: organ; Peter Bernstein, Matt Balitsaris: guitar; Allison Miller: drums, percussion.

Title: Jungle Soul | Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: Palmetto Records

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