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
6369 352 A Lonnie Liston Smith - Bolivia album art Gato Barbieri With Lonnie Liston Smith Gato Barbieri With Lonnie Liston Smith - Bolivia (Album) Philips 6369 352 A Italy 1974 Sell This Version
APS1-2433 Lonnie Liston Smith - Live! album art Lonnie Liston Smith Live! (Album) RCA Victor APS1-2433 US 1977 Sell This Version
25AP 986 Lonnie Liston Smith - Loveland album art Lonnie Liston Smith Loveland (Album) Columbia 25AP 986 Japan 1978 Sell This Version
JCT 35654 Lonnie Liston Smith - Exotic Mysteries album art Lonnie Liston Smith Exotic Mysteries (Album) Columbia, Columbia JCT 35654 US 1978 Sell This Version
36141 Lonnie Liston Smith - A Song For The Children album art Lonnie Liston Smith A Song For The Children (Album) Columbia 36141 US 1979 Sell This Version
SBP 237490 Lonnie Liston Smith - Love Is The Answer album art Lonnie Liston Smith Love Is The Answer (Album) Columbia SBP 237490 Australia 1980 Sell This Version
FWT 38447 Lonnie Liston Smith - Dreams Of Tomorrow album art Lonnie Liston Smith Dreams Of Tomorrow (Album) Doctor Jazz FWT 38447 US 1983 Sell This Version
ASLP 805 Lonnie Liston Smith - Silhouettes album art Lonnie Liston Smith Silhouettes (Album) Doctor Jazz, Doctor Jazz ASLP 805 UK 1984 Sell This Version
FW 40063 Lonnie Liston Smith - Rejuvenation album art Lonnie Liston Smith Rejuvenation (Album) Doctor Jazz FW 40063 US 1985 Sell This Version
FW 40612 Lonnie Liston Smith - Make Someone Happy album art Lonnie Liston Smith Make Someone Happy (Album) Doctor Jazz FW 40612 US 1986 Sell This Version
ND86996 Lonnie Liston Smith - Golden Dreams album art Lonnie Liston Smith Golden Dreams (Album) Bluebird (3), RCA ND86996 Austria 1988 Sell This Version
STA 4021 Lonnie Liston Smith - Love Goddess album art Lonnie Liston Smith Love Goddess (Album) Startrak Records STA 4021 US 1990 Sell This Version
STA 1000 Lonnie Liston Smith - Magic Lady album art Lonnie Liston Smith Magic Lady (Album) Startrak Records STA 1000 US 1991 Sell This Version
ME 00702 Lonnie Liston Smith - Transformation album art Lonnie Liston Smith Transformation (Album) Loveland Records (4) ME 00702 Europe 1998 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

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 Flying Dutchman DB-10330 US 1975 Sell This Version
RCA 2727 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 RCA 2727 UK 1976 Sell This Version
PB-11098 Lonnie Liston Smith - Sorceress / My Love album art Lonnie Liston Smith Sorceress / My Love (Single) RCA PB-11098 US 1977 Sell This Version
AE7 1177 Lonnie Liston Smith - Quiet Moments album art Lonnie Liston Smith Quiet Moments (Single) Columbia AE7 1177 US 1978 Sell This Version
3-10747 Lonnie Liston Smith - Journey Into Love album art Lonnie Liston Smith Journey Into Love Columbia 3-10747 US 1978 Sell This Version
3-10903 Lonnie Liston Smith - Space Princess / Quiet Moments album art Lonnie Liston Smith Space Princess / Quiet Moments Columbia 3-10903 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
PB 9450 Lonnie Liston Smith - Expansions album art Lonnie Liston Smith Expansions (Single) RCA Victor PB 9450 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 Columbia 1-11057 US 1979 Sell This Version
1-11269 Lonnie Liston Smith - Bridge Through Time / Love Is The Answer album art Lonnie Liston Smith Bridge Through Time / Love Is The Answer (Single) Columbia 1-11269 US 1980 Sell This Version

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Alain_Patrick

Alain_Patrick

February 12, 2020
edited 11 months 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.

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