Monday, November 21, 2011


Think! - Lonnie Smith

Rating: 6/10
Sound Quality: Lossless
Format: Flac
Record Label: Blue Note
Year Released: 1968
Album Covers: Included
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Ακόμα κι αν δεν έχει τύχει να ακούσει κανείς το συγκεκριμένο δισκάκι του Lonnie Smith (πράγμα δύσκολο βέβαια... και ιδιαίτερα για τους λάτρεις της soul jazz), μια ματιά στους μουσικούς που αποτελούν το σχήμα του "Think!" είναι αρκετή για να πείσει κάθε "δύσπιστο ακροατή" ότι το εν λόγω album "απαιτεί" να του δείξει κανείς τη δέουσα...ακρόαση. Με τον Lee Morgan να "βγαίνει" απ' τα στενά όρια του hard bop και να τα καταφέρνει εξίσου καλά και σ' αυτόν τον ήχο - με τον Newman ο οποίος ούτως ή άλλως είχε απο πολύ νωρίς αρκετές "soul επιρροές" στον ήχο του και με τον "συνήθη ύποπτο" σε τέτοια album Melvin Sparks στην κιθάρα μιλάμε για μία dream team μουσικών που συμπληρώνεται από τον Marion Booker Jr. στα τύμπανα (σχεδόν πάντα συνεργός στις δουλειές του George Benson τη δεκαετία του 70), τον Henry "Pucho" Brown στα Timbales και από το δίδυμο των Willie Davis και Norberto Apellianz στα κρουστά.
Το "Think!" είναι ο παρθενικός δίσκος του Smith στη Blue Note και ο δεύτερος προσωπικός του και για τα δικά μου δεδομένα είναι απ' τους πρώτους δίσκους που μου έρχονται στο νου όταν σκέφτομαι εκείνο το "πάντρεμα" της soul μουσικής με την jazz (ίσως αμέσως μετά το "Double Barrelled Soul" της συνεργασίας των David Newman & Jack McDuff).
Ακόμα κι απ' τον τίτλο του album μπορεί κανείς να καταλάβει περι τίνος πρόκειται καθώς εδώ διασκευάζεται με εξαιρετικό τρόπο το πασίγνωστο "Think" της Aretha Franklin (το οποίο και ποστάρω ως πρόγευση). Ενδιαφέρον έχει το γεγονός ότι άλλος ένα οργανίστας της jazz -ο Jimmy McGriff- διασκεύασε μόλις ένα μήνα* αργότερα στο δίσκο του "The Worm" το κομμάτι της Franklin. Παρ' όλα αυτά νομίζω ότι η προσέγγιση του Smith είναι μακράν καλύτερη.

Το δισκάκι ανοίγει με μία σύνθεση του μεγάλου Νότιοαφρικανού τρομπετίστα Hugh Masekela το "Son Of Ice Bag" ενώ το album συμπληρώνεται από δύο συνθέσεις του ίδιου του οργανίστα (The Call Of The Wild και Slouchin') και απ' το παραδοσιακό "Three Blind Mice".

Σας φιλώ στο μόντεμ!

* Think (Ιούλιος 1968) - The Worm (Αύγουστος 1968)

Lonnie Smith - Think!

Lonnie Smith - Son Of Ice Bag

Σύνθεση Μουσικών:

Lonnie Smith: Hammond
Lee Morgan: Τρομπέτα
David Newman: Τενόρο Σαξόφωνο, Φλάουτο
Melvin Sparks: Κιθάρα
Marion Booker Jr.: Τύμπανα
Henry "Pucho" Brown: Timbales
Willie Davis/Norberto Apellianz: Κόνγκα, Κρουστά

About Lonnie Smith
Dr. Lonnie Smith (born July 3, 1942 in Lackawanna, New York) is a jazz Hammond B3 organist and pianist.
He was born in Lackawanna, New York, into a family with a vocal group and radio program. Smith says that his mother was a major influence on him musically, as she introduced him to gospel, classical, and jazz music. He was part of several vocal ensembles in the 1950s, including the Teen Kings. Art Kubera, the owner of a local music store, gave Smith his first organ, a Hammond B3.

Smith's affinity for R&B melded with his own personal style as he became active in the local music scene. He moved to New York City, where he met George Benson, the guitarist for Jack McDuff's band. Benson and Smith connected on a personal level, and the two formed the George Benson Quartet, featuring Lonnie Smith, in 1966.

After two albums under Benson's leadership, It's Uptown and Cookbook, Smith recorded his first solo album (Finger Lickin' Good) in 1967, with George Benson and Melvin Sparks on guitar, Ronnie Cuber on baritone sax, and Marion Booker on drums. This combination remained stable for the next five years.

After recording several albums with Benson, Smith became a solo recording artist and has since recorded over 30 albums under his own name. Numerous prominent jazz artists have joined Smith on his albums and in his live performances, including Lee Morgan, David "Fathead" Newman, King Curtis, Terry Bradds, Blue Mitchell, Joey DeFrancesco and Joe Lovano.

In 1967, Smith met Lou Donaldson, who put him in contact with Blue Note Records. Donaldson asked the quartet to record an album for Blue Note, Alligator Bogaloo. Blue Note signed Smith for the next four albums, all in the soul jazz style, including Think (with Melvin Sparks, Marion Booker, Lee Morgan and David Newman) and Turning Point (with Lee Morgan, Bennie Maupin, Melvin Sparks and Idris Muhammad). Smith also plays for college universities across the nation.

Smith's next album Move Your Hand was recorded at the Club Harlem in Atlantic City, New Jersey in August 1969. The album's reception allowed his reputation to grow beyond the Northeast. He would record another studio album Drives and one more live album Live at Club Mozambique (recorded in Detroit on May 21, 1970) before leaving Blue Note.

In the mid-1970s, Dr. Lonnie Smith converted to Sikhism. Smith has also been referred to from around that time as "Dr. Lonnie Smith" although the honorific does not represent an academic doctorate degree.

Smith toured the northeastern United States heavily during the 1970s. He concentrated largely on smaller neighborhood venues during this period. His sidemen included Ronnie Cuber, Dave Hubbard, Bill Easley and George Adams on sax, Donald Hahn on trumpet, George Benson and Larry McGee on guitars, and Joe Dukes, Sylvester Goshay, Phillip Terrell, Marion Booker, Jimmy Lovelace, Charles Crosby, Art Gore, Norman Connors and Bobby Durham on drums.

Smith has performed at several prominent jazz festivals with artists including Grover Washington, Jr., Ron Carter, Dizzy Gillespie, Lou Donaldson and Ron Holloway. He has also played with musicians outside of jazz, such as Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight, Etta James, Joan Cartwright, and Esther Phillips.

He was named the "Organ Keyboardist of the Year" in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, and 2009 by the Jazz Journalist Association.


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