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Lonnie Smith: Turning Point

Read "Turning Point" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

When Hammond master Lonnie Smith recorded this set for Blue Note in 1968, he was better known as a supporting sideman on performances and recordings by (among others) George Benson and especially Lou Donaldson; some of Sweet Lou's best recordings, including Alligator Boogaloo, Midnight Creeper, and Everything I Play is Funky, feature Smith's supple Hammond grooves.

Other musicians must have found Smith's musicianship worthy of respect, for this session convenes a gathering that's the perfect snapshot of the ...

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The Lonnie Smith Trio: Afro Blue

Read "Afro Blue" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Veteran organist Lonnie Smith pays homage to John Coltrane on this new release, supported once again by guitarist John Abercrombie and drummer Marvin “Smitty" Smith. The title cut is a mid-tempo burner that relies heavily on the original Trane interpretation of Mongo Santamaria's classic composition. Nothing new or innovative here but honorable mention goes to the great John Abercrombie. His soloing is reminiscent of the early 70's gem “Timeless."

Abercrombie's angular and unusual phrasing serves as a perfect match for ...


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