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Dr. Lonnie Smith: Too Damn Hot!

Jim Santella By

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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


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