Lonnie Liston Smith

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Lonnie Liston Smith
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Not to be confused with jazz organist/pianist Lonnie Smith , Lonnie Liston Smith was born 28th December, 1940 in Richmond, Virginia, U.S.A. He was introduced to music at an early age by his father, and learned piano, tuba, trumpet and voice in high school and college. After graduating from Baltimore's Morgan State College with a Bachelor of Science degree in music education, he soon launched himself into performance, working with the house band at the Royal Theater, Baltimore. He moved to New York and nurtured his talent with jazz greats like Art Blakey and Miles Davis, moving from acoustic jazz to fusion, before forming his own group Lonnie Liston Smith And The Cosmic Echoes in 1973. He is renowned for defying genres, blending atmospheric fusion, soul and funk and is often quoted as a strong influence on acid jazz. He is still writing and touring.
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6321 116 Lonnie Liston Smith - Under Fire album art Gato Barbieri With Lonnie Liston Smith / Stanley Clarke Gato Barbieri With Lonnie Liston Smith / Stanley Clarke - Under Fire(LP, Album) Philips 6321 116 UK 1973 Sell This Version
Lonnie Liston Smith - Bolivia album art Gato Barbieri With Lonnie Liston Smith Gato Barbieri With Lonnie Liston Smith - Bolivia (Album) Philips Italy 1974 Sell This Version
Lonnie Liston Smith - Live! album art Lonnie Liston Smith Live! (Album) RCA Victor US 1977 Sell This Version
Lonnie Liston Smith - Exotic Mysteries album art Lonnie Liston Smith Exotic Mysteries (Album) Columbia, Columbia US 1978 Sell This Version
Lonnie Liston Smith - Loveland album art Lonnie Liston Smith Loveland (Album) Columbia Japan 1978 Sell This Version
Lonnie Liston Smith - A Song For The Children album art Lonnie Liston Smith A Song For The Children (Album) Columbia US 1979 Sell This Version
Lonnie Liston Smith - Love Is The Answer album art Lonnie Liston Smith Love Is The Answer (Album) Columbia UK 1980 Sell This Version
Lonnie Liston Smith - Dreams Of Tomorrow album art Lonnie Liston Smith Dreams Of Tomorrow (Album) Doctor Jazz US 1983 Sell This Version
Lonnie Liston Smith - Silhouettes album art Lonnie Liston Smith Silhouettes (Album) Doctor Jazz, Doctor Jazz UK 1984 Sell This Version
Lonnie Liston Smith - Rejuvenation album art Lonnie Liston Smith Rejuvenation (Album) Doctor Jazz US 1985 Sell This Version
Lonnie Liston Smith - Make Someone Happy album art Lonnie Liston Smith Make Someone Happy (Album) Doctor Jazz US 1986 Sell This Version
Lonnie Liston Smith - Golden Dreams album art Lonnie Liston Smith Golden Dreams (Album) Bluebird (3), RCA Austria 1988 Sell This Version
Lonnie Liston Smith - Love Goddess album art Lonnie Liston Smith Love Goddess (Album) Startrak Records US 1990 Sell This Version
Lonnie Liston Smith - Magic Lady album art Lonnie Liston Smith Magic Lady (Album) Startrak Records US 1991 Sell This Version
Lonnie Liston Smith - Transformation album art Lonnie Liston Smith Transformation (Album) Loveland Records Europe 1998 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

JB-10330, DB-10330 Lonnie Liston Smith - Skull Session / Dumpy Mama album art Oliver Nelson And His Orchestra Featuring Lonnie Liston Smith Oliver Nelson And His Orchestra Featuring Lonnie Liston Smith - Skull Session / Dumpy Mama(7", Promo) Flying Dutchman, Flying Dutchman JB-10330, DB-10330 US 1975 Sell This Version
Lonnie Liston Smith - Get Down Everybody / Inner Beauty album art Lonnie Liston Smith / Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes* Lonnie Liston Smith / Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes* - Get Down Everybody / Inner Beauty (Single) RCA Victor UK 1976 Sell This Version
Lonnie Liston Smith - Sorceress / My Love album art Lonnie Liston Smith Sorceress / My Love (Single) RCA US 1977 Sell This Version
Lonnie Liston Smith - Journey Into Love album art Lonnie Liston Smith Journey Into Love Columbia US 1978 Sell This Version
Lonnie Liston Smith - Quiet Moments album art Lonnie Liston Smith Quiet Moments (Single) Columbia US 1978 Sell This Version
Lonnie Liston Smith - Space Princess / Quiet Moments album art Lonnie Liston Smith Space Princess / Quiet Moments Columbia US 1978 Sell This Version
3-10810 Lonnie Liston Smith - We Can Dream album art Lonnie Liston Smith We Can Dream(7", Promo) Columbia 3-10810 US 1978 Sell This Version
Lonnie Liston Smith - A Song For The Children album art Lonnie Liston Smith A Song For The Children Columbia US 1979 Sell This Version
Lonnie Liston Smith - Expansions album art Lonnie Liston Smith Expansions (Single) RCA Victor UK 1979 Sell This Version
1-11057 Lonnie Liston Smith - A Song For The Children album art Lonnie Liston Smith A Song For The Children(7", Promo) Columbia 1-11057 US 1979 Sell This Version

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November 4, 2011
Reviewing any individual LLS album misses the point a bit, so I will make my remarks here. All of his albums are similar. Certainly there is some evolution: the early ones are funkier; the mid-period albums contain more elements of disco; and the later ones are further streamlined to reflect 80s production and sound. But they're all deep acidjazz/chillout/makeout music made well before those terms existed.

My favourites are the Columbia albums from 1978 to 1980. They're the grooviest and most melodic. Some of the pre-Columbia records are extremely mellow and pleasant, almost to the point of sleep-inducing -- though all of them are good. The later, more rare albums are less consistent in quality, but still mostly good.

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