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; Back 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 Jones- rhythm guitar; Greg Hutchinson, Fukushi Tainaka- drums.
I love jazz because it is both challenging and exhilarating, and the endeavor of improvisation is the highest form of art.
I met so many great musicians--including my two earliest heroes, Maynard Ferguson and Dizzy Gillespie--by attending concerts
and being willing to treat them with the respect they deserve.
The best show I ever attended was the Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman Song X concert at Cornell University.
The first jazz record I bought was an RCA compilation by Dizzy Gillespie.
My advice to new listeners is to not be afraid to listen to something because you're not familiar with the artists or the band or
the genre or anything - this is music that is best experienced through discovery.