290

Dr. Lonnie Smith: Too Damn Hot!

Jim Santella By

Sign in to view read count
Dr. Lonnie Smith: Too Damn Hot! Dr. Lonnie Smith and Peter Bernstein deliver a fiery package that features soulful grooves and heartfelt blues. Each makes use of a highly effective technical mastery to interpret with fire.

Typically, guitarist Bernstein begins a piece with flowing melody and gentle persuasion. Organist Smith follows with a feature that builds from subtle embers to a raging conflagration. The seamless character of this cohesive team provides a winning formula.

"Someday My Prince Will Come" begins with all instrumental voices hushed in anticipation. Smith embarks on a journey that raises expectations. Bernstein then establishes the song's melody firmly in place with delicate care, before opening the door for Smith's adventurous tirade.

The organist creates a searing panorama here and every time out. Smith's original compositions range from traditional fare to contemporary hip-hop fun.

"One Cylinder" fades in with a loving look at unison melody. The guitarist and organist both groove on this one with delight. The song's soulful strut catches more than just your attention. Feet start to jump and heads start to nod up and down. Their rhythmic drive is contagious. Smith builds it from a whisper to an incessant roar. Convincing in its entirety, Too Damn Hot! lights a fire on every track with Dr. Lonnie Smith's unquenchable drive.


Track Listing: Norleans; Too Damn Hot; Black Track; The Whip; Silver Serenade; Track 9; One Cylinder; SOmeday My Prince Will Come; Your Mama's Got a Complex; Evil Turn

Personnel: Dr. Lonnie Smith (organ), Peter Bernstein (guitar), Rodney Brown (rhythm guitar), Greg Hutchinson (drums on "Norleans," "Back Track," "Track 9," "Love Cylinder," "Your Mama's Got a Complex"), Fukushi Tainaka (drums on all other tracks)

Title: Too Damn Hot! | Year Released: 2004 | Record Label: Palmetto Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Birdhoused CD/LP/Track Review Birdhoused
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: July 22, 2017
Read Vol. 1 CD/LP/Track Review Vol. 1
by Troy Dostert
Published: July 22, 2017
Read Meeting My Shadow CD/LP/Track Review Meeting My Shadow
by James Nadal
Published: July 22, 2017
Read No Secrets No Lies CD/LP/Track Review No Secrets No Lies
by Geannine Reid
Published: July 22, 2017
Read 50 CD/LP/Track Review 50
by Doug Collette
Published: July 22, 2017
Read Day After Day CD/LP/Track Review Day After Day
by John Eyles
Published: July 21, 2017
Read "Still" CD/LP/Track Review Still
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: October 23, 2016
Read "Up and Coming" CD/LP/Track Review Up and Coming
by John Kelman
Published: January 6, 2017
Read "Playgrounds" CD/LP/Track Review Playgrounds
by Ian Patterson
Published: February 10, 2017
Read "Heavy Dance" CD/LP/Track Review Heavy Dance
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: March 14, 2017
Read "TAI Fest #1 (Vol.1&2)" CD/LP/Track Review TAI Fest #1 (Vol.1&2)
by Nicola Negri
Published: February 27, 2017
Read "Big Wheel Live" CD/LP/Track Review Big Wheel Live
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 17, 2016

Support All About Jazz: MAKE A PURCHASE  

Support our sponsor

Upgrade Today!

Musician? Boost your visibility at All About Jazz and drive traffic to your website with our Premium Profile service.

Donate!