Monday, April 8, 2013

Lonnie Liston Smith - Sais (Egypt)

In my last post, I briefly mentioned Lonnie Liston Smith and the important role the pianist played on Phaorah Sanders' Thembi recording (SEE Pharoah Sanders - Astral Traveling). On top of being a valuable and influential musician on some of Pharoah's classic recordings for Impulse during the late sixties and early seventies, Smith truly came into his own shortly thereafter, writing and recording some of the best spiritually cosmic jazz music of the seventies. During this time, Smith along with his group The Cosmic Echoes released a number of solid albums on the Flying Dutchman label including Astral Traveling (1973), Cosmic Funk (1974), Visions Of A New World (1975), Expansions (1975), and Reflections Of A Golden Dream (1976). Even though his brand of jazz was very spiritual like Sanders, the music he recorded and released tended to be much more funkier and rhythmic in it's overall sound, which most likely reflected the electric fusion and psychedelic exploration that many jazz artists like Smith and his group experimented with during this time. With his incredible run of recordings on Flying Dutchman, Lonnie Liston Smith established himself as a leading musician of the seventies-era cosmic jazz scene.

Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes - Sais (Egypt)

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