Lonnie Liston Smith

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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Lonnie Liston Smith Discography

Albums

6321 116 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
APS1-2433 Lonnie Liston Smith Live! (Album) RCA Victor APS1-2433 US 1977 Sell This Version
JC 35654 Lonnie Liston Smith Exotic Mysteries (Album) Columbia JC 35654 US 1978 Sell This Version
PC 35332 Lonnie Liston Smith Loveland (Album) Columbia PC 35332 Canada 1978 Sell This Version
JC 36141 Lonnie Liston Smith A Song For The Children (Album) Columbia JC 36141 US 1979 Sell This Version
S CBS 84365 Lonnie Liston Smith Love Is The Answer (Album) Columbia S CBS 84365 UK 1980 Sell This Version
FW 38447 Lonnie Liston Smith Dreams Of Tomorrow (Album) Doctor Jazz Records FW 38447 US 1983 Sell This Version
ASLP 805 Lonnie Liston Smith Silhouettes (Album) Doctor Jazz Records, Doctor Jazz Records ASLP 805 UK 1984 Sell This Version
FW 40063 Lonnie Liston Smith Rejuvenation (Album) Doctor Jazz Records FW 40063 US 1985 Sell This Version
FW 40612 Lonnie Liston Smith Make Someone Happy (Album) Doctor Jazz Records FW 40612 US 1986 Sell This Version
ND86996 Lonnie Liston Smith Golden Dreams (Album) Bluebird (3), RCA ND86996 Austria 1988 Sell This Version
STA 4021 Lonnie Liston Smith Love Goddess (Album) Startrak Records STA 4021 US 1990 Sell This Version
STA 1000 Lonnie Liston Smith Magic Lady (Album) Startrak Records STA 1000 US 1991 Sell This Version
74321221052 Gato Barbieri With Lonnie Liston Smith Gato Barbieri With Lonnie Liston Smith - Bolivia (Album) RCA, BMG 74321221052 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
D2-24942-2 Lonnie Liston Smith Transformation (Album) Loveland Records D2-24942-2 US 1998 Sell This Version
88697445492 Lonnie Liston Smith Original Album Classics(5xCD, Album + Box) RCA, Legacy, Sony Music 88697445492 Europe 2009 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

JB-10330, DB-10330 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
RCA 2727 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 (Single) RCA PB-11098 US 1977 Sell This Version
3-10747 Lonnie Liston Smith Journey Into Love Columbia 3-10747 US 1978 Sell This Version
3-10903 Lonnie Liston Smith Space Princess / Quiet Moments Columbia 3-10903 US 1978 Sell This Version
AE7 1177 Lonnie Liston Smith Quiet Moments(7", Promo) Columbia AE7 1177 US 1978 Sell This Version
3-10810 Lonnie Liston Smith We Can Dream(7", Promo) Columbia 3-10810 US 1978 Sell This Version
1-11057 Lonnie Liston Smith A Song For The Children Columbia 1-11057 US 1979 Sell This Version
PB 9450 Lonnie Liston Smith Expansions (Single) RCA Victor PB 9450 UK 1979 Sell This Version

Reviews

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Globe199

Globe199

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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