Lonnie Liston Smith

Real Name:
Lonnie Liston Smith
Profile:
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 Lonnie Smith (4), 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.
Sites:
In Groups:
Variations:

Artist

Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions

Albums

6321 116 Under Fire — Lonnie Liston Smith 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
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
6369 352 A Bolivia — Lonnie Liston Smith Gato Barbieri With Lonnie Liston Smith Gato Barbieri With Lonnie Liston Smith - Bolivia (Album) Philips 6369 352 A Italy 1974 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
APS1-2433 Live! — Lonnie Liston Smith Lonnie Liston Smith Live! (Album) RCA Victor APS1-2433 US 1977 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
JC 35332 Loveland — Lonnie Liston Smith Lonnie Liston Smith Loveland (Album) Columbia JC 35332 US 1978 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
JC 35654 Exotic Mysteries — Lonnie Liston Smith Lonnie Liston Smith Exotic Mysteries (Album) Columbia, Columbia JC 35654 US 1978 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
36141 A Song For The Children — Lonnie Liston Smith Lonnie Liston Smith A Song For The Children (Album) Columbia 36141 US 1979 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
SBP 237490 Love Is The Answer — Lonnie Liston Smith Lonnie Liston Smith Love Is The Answer (Album) Columbia SBP 237490 Australia 1980 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
FWT 38447 Dreams Of Tomorrow — Lonnie Liston Smith Lonnie Liston Smith Dreams Of Tomorrow (Album) Doctor Jazz FWT 38447 US 1983 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
ASLP 805 Silhouettes — Lonnie Liston Smith Lonnie Liston Smith Silhouettes (Album) Doctor Jazz, Doctor Jazz ASLP 805 UK 1984 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
ZC AS 810 Rejuvenation — Lonnie Liston Smith Lonnie Liston Smith Rejuvenation (Album) Doctor Jazz ZC AS 810 UK 1985 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
FW 40612 Make Someone Happy — Lonnie Liston Smith Lonnie Liston Smith Make Someone Happy (Album) Doctor Jazz FW 40612 US 1986 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
ND86996 Golden Dreams — Lonnie Liston Smith Lonnie Liston Smith Golden Dreams (Album) Bluebird (3), RCA ND86996 Austria 1988 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
STA 4021 Love Goddess — Lonnie Liston Smith Lonnie Liston Smith Love Goddess (Album) Startrak Records STA 4021 US 1990 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
STA 1000 Magic Lady — Lonnie Liston Smith Lonnie Liston Smith Magic Lady (Album) Startrak Records STA 1000 US 1991 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
ME 00702 Transformation — Lonnie Liston Smith Lonnie Liston Smith Transformation (Album) Loveland Records (4) ME 00702 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions

Singles & EPs

DB-10330 Skull Session / Dumpy Mama — Lonnie Liston Smith Oliver Nelson And His Orchestra Featuring Lonnie Liston Smith Oliver Nelson And His Orchestra Featuring Lonnie Liston Smith - Skull Session / Dumpy Mama Flying Dutchman DB-10330 US 1975 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
RCA 2727 Get Down Everybody / Inner Beauty — Lonnie Liston Smith 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 RCA 2727 UK 1976 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
SS-2521 A Chance For Peace = 平和のねがい / Sunset = サンセット — Lonnie Liston Smith ロニー・リストン・スミス* A Chance For Peace = 平和のねがい / Sunset = サンセット(7", Single) Flying Dutchman SS-2521 Japan 1976 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
PB-11098 Sorceress / My Love — Lonnie Liston Smith Lonnie Liston Smith Sorceress / My Love (Single) RCA PB-11098 US 1977 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
AE7 1177 Quiet Moments — Lonnie Liston Smith Lonnie Liston Smith Quiet Moments (Single) Columbia AE7 1177 US 1978 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
3-10810 We Can Dream / Bright Moments — Lonnie Liston Smith Lonnie Liston Smith We Can Dream / Bright Moments (Single) Columbia 3-10810 US 1978 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
3-10747 Journey Into Love — Lonnie Liston Smith Lonnie Liston Smith Journey Into Love Columbia 3-10747 US 1978 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
3-10903 Space Princess / Quiet Moments — Lonnie Liston Smith Lonnie Liston Smith Space Princess / Quiet Moments (Single) Columbia 3-10903 US 1978 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
PB 9450 Expansions — Lonnie Liston Smith Lonnie Liston Smith Expansions (Single) RCA Victor PB 9450 UK 1979 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
1-11057 A Song For The Children — Lonnie Liston Smith Lonnie Liston Smith A Song For The Children Columbia 1-11057 US 1979 Sell This Version

Add Review

Alain_Patrick

Alain_Patrick

February 12, 2020
edited over 3 years ago
Lonnie Liston Smith interview for Electronic Standards, reasoning about the singularity in Music and the ‘Cosmic’ mind:

“You have to experiment with your own sounds. Back then, you could notice by hearing the music who it was from. Nowadays, a lot of them sounds the same! You have to be creative, that’s the challenge! Every musician wants to have its own sound. Every artist has to find his own sound or own voice, no matter what he or she does.
I was always studying everything in search for the Truth, like on a meditation, in order to put a Universal Sound, so that everyone would notice. One that, once the music starts, all those language frontiers disappear in a Universal Soul atmosphere. Through art, all the people from the world can communicate in a different language, that’s why my sounds have this universal kind of titles - ‘Give Peace A Chance’, ‘Expand Your Mind’, etc. – it was meant to make people think about a better world, with no wars.
A Universal Sound and Soul came to mind when I was studying, researching, meditating and thinking about the wonders of life. The main separation is language, and music is the universal language that brings people together. It’s hard to explain, figure these sounds… I try to make them open and eternal as concepts, you use your Soul to interpret the way you want.
A lot of things you saw when you were growing up, are not there anymore… And then it compels you to go after the Eternal Truth, the Infinity… So the Space Sound makes you think about that.
I try to use Space in the Music, like when you want the notes to mean something, so that you can relax, and make people get into themselves… Space leads you to a calm mood. I used to talk to Miles Davis and he always said that “Musicians don’t realize that what they don’t play is as important as what you do play!” You got be able to hear the ‘Sound of Silence’.”
GalaxyExplorer

GalaxyExplorer

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.
See 1 reply

Videos (121)

Edit