Lonnie Smith Live at Club Mozambique

Lonnie Smith - Live At Club Mozambique (1970) {Blue Note Rare Groove Series}

Lonnie Smith - Live At Club Mozambique (1970) {Blue Note Rare Groove Series}
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© 1995 Blue Note / Capitol | CDP 7243 8 31880 2 4
Jazz / Jazz Funk / Soul Jazz / Boogaloo / Organ

Recorded on May 21, 1970, at Detroit's Club Mozambique, this was shelved and remained unreleased until it was retrieved for CD issue in 1995. It's odd that Blue Note decided to sit on it for so long, because it ranks as one of Lonnie's better sets. The band, featuring George Benson on guitar, is relaxed and funky without being in your face about it, and unlike much soul-jazz of the time, most of the material is original, Smith having penned six of the eight numbers. Although the riffs often owe a lot to James Brown, this is definitely at least as much jazz as soul, with Lonnie taking a rare vocal turn on "Peace of Mind."
George Benson - It's Uptown (1966) {2015 Japan Jazz Collection 1000 Columbia-RCA Series SICJ 33} (ft. Dr. Lonnie Smith)

George Benson - It's Uptown (1966) {2015 Japan Jazz Collection 1000 Columbia-RCA Series SICJ 33} (ft. Dr. Lonnie Smith)
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© 1966, 2015 Columbia / Sony Music Japan | SICJ 33
Jazz / Hard Bop / Jazz Pop / Soul Jazz / Guitar / Organ Hammond B-3

Reissue with the latest remastering. Comes with liner notes. George Benson's first LP for Columbia – a hard, heavy, soul jazz slammer that bears no resemblance to his overproduced work of the 70s! The album's a real cooker – recorded hot on the heels of Benson's classic work on Prestige with the Jack McDuff group, and sounding a lot like McDuff's hard wailing organ jazz of the same time. George is working with a group that features a young Lonnie Smith on organ, plus Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Ronnie Cuber on sax, and Charlie Persip on drums – all tightly coming together, and jamming hard on the album's short cooking tracks. Tracks include "Clockwise", "Jaguar", "Hello Birdie", and "Bullfight". Plus, the CD adds five bonus tracks, including "Sideman", "Minor Chant", and the previously unreleased "J.H. Bossa Nova" and "Clockwise (Alternate Take)".

Dr. Lonnie Smith - Spiral (2010) {Palmetto PM 2142}  Music

Posted by ruskaval at March 10, 2016
Dr. Lonnie Smith - Spiral (2010) {Palmetto PM 2142}

Dr. Lonnie Smith - Spiral (2010) {Palmetto PM 2142}
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© 2010 Palmetto Records | PM 2142
Jazz / Hammond B-3 / Soul Jazz

Dr. Lonnie Smith shows no signs of slowing down. Spiral is is his fifth studio album since 2003, and his fourth for Palmetto. Produced by Matt Balitsaris, Smith's trio includes guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg and drummer Jamire Williams. The program is a solid set of jazz nuggets, an original, and a couple of ballad standards. Things lead off with Jimmy Smith's "Mellow Mood," which is relaxed but hardly what the title suggests. Smith is in prime soul-jazz mode here, paying tribute to his mentor by swinging hard on the melody.

Dr. Lonnie Smith - Rise Up! (2008) {Palmetto Records}  Music

Posted by ruskaval at March 1, 2016
Dr. Lonnie Smith - Rise Up! (2008) {Palmetto Records}

Dr. Lonnie Smith - Rise Up! (2008) {Palmetto Records}
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© 2008 Palmetto Records | PM 2138
Jazz / Hammond B-3 / Soul Jazz

Who says you have to slow down as you get older? The honorable B-3 master, Dr. Lonnie Smith, has been on a renaissance tear since the beginning of the 21st century. Rise Up! is the fifth new recording since 2000, and there have been a number of reissues of his older work to boot. Given that some artists issue a record a year, this may not seem like such a terrific feat – but appearances are deceiving. Smith recorded only 13 albums between 1966 and 1996, so five in nine years is actually prolific. It's not only the quantity, however, it's the consistency of the quality of the records Smith has been releasing that is outstanding, and Rise Up! is no exception.

Dr. Lonnie Smith - Too Damn Hot! (2004) {Palmetto Records}  Music

Posted by ruskaval at Dec. 30, 2015
Dr. Lonnie Smith - Too Damn Hot! (2004) {Palmetto Records}

Dr. Lonnie Smith - Too Damn Hot! (2004) {Palmetto Records}
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© 2004 Palmetto Records | PM 2105
Jazz / Soul Jazz / Hard Bop / Organ

Hammond B-3 boss Dr. Lonnie Smith ends up on yet another new label with Too Damn Hot!, the follow-up to his thoroughly enjoyable – if curious – Boogaloo to Beck outing from 2003. This studio set places the organist in the company of two fine guitarists – Peter Bernstein (lead) and Rodney Jones (rhythm), and alternating drummers Greg Hutchinson and Fukushi Tainaka. The two-guitar format is lovely in that it presents a wide array of colors and harmonic textures to the proceedings.
Lonnie Smith - Mama Wailer (1971) {2011 CTI-Sony Music Remaster}

Lonnie Smith - Mama Wailer (1971) {2011 CTI-Sony Music Remaster}
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© 2011 CTI Records / Kudu / Sony Music | 88697 94704 2 | CTI Records 40th Anniversary
Jazz / Jazz Funk / Jazz Blues / Soul Jazz / Hammond

One of Lonnie Smith's rarest albums – and one of the most obscure records on the landmark Kudu label! The set is one of Smith's most far-reaching from the 70s – a bit in the mode of his earlier records for Blue Note, but with a slightly sweeter quality that shows the shift to Kudu – where Lonnie's Hammond had lost none of its grooving power!
Lonnie Smith Trio - Purple Haze - Tribute to Jimi Hendrix (1994) {2011 Japan MiniLP VHCD-78233}

Lonnie Smith Trio - Purple Haze - Tribute to Jimi Hendrix (1994) {2011 Japan MiniLP VHCD-78233}
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© 2011 Venus Records | VHCD-78233
Jazz / Jazz Funk / Jazz Blues / Soul Jazz / Hammond

This reissue features cardboard sleeve jacket (gatefold sleeve). In the early '70s, Lonnie Smith's recordings frequently exhibited a debt to Jimi Hendrix's groundbreaking fusions, but he waited until 1995 to release Foxy Lady, a full-fledged tribute to the innovative guitarist. Foxy Lady was so successful that Smith decided to make another Hendrix album, again with John Abercrombie and Marvin "Smitty" Smith. Purple Haze is as entertaining as Foxy Lady – it's truly remarkable to hear how these blues-rockers can open up into soul-jazz numbers tinged with free jazz influences – and confirms not only Hendrix's composing talents, but also Smith's vision.
Lonnie Smith Trio - Foxy Lady - Tribute To Jimi Hendrix (1994) {2011 Japan MiniLP VHCD-78232}

Lonnie Smith Trio - Foxy Lady - Tribute To Jimi Hendrix (1994) {2011 Japan MiniLP VHCD-78232}
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© 2011 Venus Records | VHCD-78232
Jazz / Jazz Funk / Jazz Blues / Soul Jazz / Hammond

This reissue features cardboard sleeve jacket (gatefold sleeve). Jimi Hendrix, taken to the territory of funky Hammond jazz – thanks to a trio that features Lonnie Smith on organ and John Abercrombie on guitar! Abercrombie's lines aren't nearly as freaky and fuzzy as Jimi's, but the groove here is a really nice change – one that almost digs into the inherently soulful elements of Hendrix's music, then turns it further into a vehicle for jazz-based exploration! Marvin Smitty Smith is in drums – and titles include "Third Stone From The Sun", "Foxy Lady", "Castles Made Of Sand/Star Spangled Banner", and "Jimi Meets Miles".
Lonnie Smith - Think! (1968) {2005 Blue Note RVG Remaster}

Lonnie Smith - Think! (1968) {2005 Blue Note RVG Remaster}
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© 2006 Blue Note / EMI | 7243 5 63843 2 3
Jazz / Jazz Funk / Soul Jazz / Hammond

Think!, organist Lonnie Smith's 1968 sophomore effort for Blue Note, is easily one of the strongest dates the Hammond B-3 master would produce for the label. Featuring a stellar group of musicians including trumpeter Lee Morgan, tenor saxophonist David Newman, guitarist Melvin Sparks, and drummer Marion Booker, Jr., as well as a three-member Afro-Latin percussion unit led by Henry "Pucho" Brown, Think! is a perfect mix of funky soul and forward-thinking jazz. Kicking things off with Hugh Masekela's instantly memorable "Son of Ice Bag," both Sparks and Newman take searching funk-flow solos while Morgan seems to be remembering a certain Masekela lick he dug.

Grant Green - Live At Club Mozambique (1971) {Blue Note}  Music

Posted by ruskaval at Feb. 25, 2015
Grant Green - Live At Club Mozambique (1971) {Blue Note}

Grant Green - Live At Club Mozambique (1971) {Blue Note}
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© 2006 Blue Note / Capitol / EMI | 0946 3 63522 2 0
Jazz / Soul Jazz / Jazz Funk / Groove / Guitar

Live at Club Mozambique was, according to Bob Belden's liner notes, rumored to exist for decades in Blue Note's Grant Green discography, but was never released. His explanation as to why is satisfactory – Green's star had waned considerably – and makes some sense, but the label had 15 unissued albums by the guitarist by 1971. This date recorded at the famed Detroit jazz club (Green was living in the city at the time) is the second such set of grooves to be issued from the club floor – Lonnie Smith's was the first. The band consists of Idris Muhammad, Ronnie Foster, Houston Person, and the all but unknown Clarence Thomas, and the two tenor saxophonists (Thomas also played soprano here) laid out heavy, deep funk on the tunes that were chosen.