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Monday, Oct 30 2017 | 19:28
Image: 1616395 On his 8th LP, 1975's Afro-Desia, jazz organ
virtuoso and George Benson Quartet alumni
Lonnie Smith took an unexpected left-field
turn with his sound. His Blue Note Records
material had been characterized by the
sharpness, and tightly arranged funk
grooves, but on Afro-Desia his sound
became freewheeling and introspective, with
a heavier emphasis on genre-fusing. The
end result was some of Smith's strongest
works, filled with far-reaching landscapes of
sounds, which took elements from Latin jazz,
disco, and other genres. Smith was also
joined by a potent cast of session musicians,
including Miles Davis Quintet-veteran
Ron Carter on electric bass, and an
up-and-coming Joe Lovano on
alto saxophone.

A1. Afrodesia
A2. Spirits Free
B1. Straight To The Point
B2. Favors
B3. The Awakening Available from 24.11.2017
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