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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 - Dreams Of Tomorrow album art Lonnie Liston Smith Lonnie Liston Smith - Dreams Of Tomorrow (Album) Doctor Jazz US 1983 Sell This Version
ASLP 810 Lonnie Liston Smith - Rejuvenation album art Lonnie Liston Smith Lonnie Liston Smith - Rejuvenation(LP, Album) Doctor Jazz ASLP 810 UK 1985 Sell This Version

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Lonnie Liston Smith - Thembi album art Pharoah Sanders Bailophone Dance (as LL Smith) and 1 more… Pharoah Sanders - Thembi (Album) Impulse!, ABC Records Canada 1971 Sell This Version
Lonnie Liston Smith - Reflections Of A Golden Dream album art Lonnie Liston Smith And The Cosmic Echoes Golden Dreams and 2 more… Lonnie Liston Smith And The Cosmic Echoes - Reflections Of A Golden Dream (Album) Flying Dutchman Canada 1976 Sell This Version
Lonnie Liston Smith - Live! album art Lonnie Liston Smith Lonnie Liston Smith - Live! (Album) BMG France France 1977 Sell This Version
Lonnie Liston Smith - Hit The Rhodes, Jack album art Various Get Down Everybody Various - Hit The Rhodes, Jack (Comp) Brown Sugar Records Germany 2005 Sell This Version
983 3158 Lonnie Liston Smith - Anthology album art Pharoah Sanders Morning Prayer Pharoah Sanders - Anthology(2xCD, Comp) Universal Classics & Jazz 983 3158 Europe 2005 Sell This Version
Lonnie Liston Smith - Junto album art Basement Jaxx Buffalo Basement Jaxx - Junto Atlantic Jaxx UK, Europe & US 2014 Sell This Version
06007 5363965 Lonnie Liston Smith - Thembi / Black Unity album art Pharoah Sanders Bailophone Dance and 1 more… Pharoah Sanders - Thembi / Black Unity(CD, Comp, RM) Impulse! 06007 5363965 Europe 2015 Sell This Version

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Lonnie Liston Smith - Now Please Don't You Cry, Beautiful Edith album art Roland Kirk Roland Kirk - Now Please Don't You Cry, Beautiful Edith (Album) Verve Records US 1967 Sell This Version
Lonnie Liston Smith - Here Comes The Whistleman album art Roland Kirk Roland Kirk - Here Comes The Whistleman (Album) Atlantic US 1967 Sell This Version
Lonnie Liston Smith - Karma album art Pharoah Sanders Colors (as Lonnie L. Smith Jr.) and 2 more… Pharoah Sanders - Karma (Album) Impulse!, Impulse!, ABC Records, ABC Records US 1969 Sell This Version
Lonnie Liston Smith - Spirits Known And Unknown album art Leon Thomas Leon Thomas - Spirits Known And Unknown (Album) Flying Dutchman US 1969 Sell This Version
FDS-136 Lonnie Liston Smith - SNCC's Rap album art H. Rap Brown / Leon Thomas H. Rap Brown / Leon Thomas - SNCC's Rap(LP, Album, Promo, Gat) Flying Dutchman FDS-136 US 1970 Sell This Version
Lonnie Liston Smith - Jewels Of Thought album art Pharoah Sanders Pharoah Sanders - Jewels Of Thought (Album) Impulse!, ABC Records Canada 1969 Sell This Version
Lonnie Liston Smith - Summun Bukmun Umyun - Deaf Dumb Blind album art Pharoah Sanders Pharoah Sanders - Summun Bukmun Umyun - Deaf Dumb Blind (Album) Impulse!, ABC Records France 1970 Sell This Version
Lonnie Liston Smith - The Third World album art Gato Barbieri Gato Barbieri - The Third World (Album) Flying Dutchman US 1970 Sell This Version
Lonnie Liston Smith - Thembi album art Pharoah Sanders Bailophone Dance (as LL Smith) and 1 more… Pharoah Sanders - Thembi (Album) Impulse!, ABC Records Canada 1971 Sell This Version
Lonnie Liston Smith - Fenix album art Gato Barbieri Gato Barbieri - Fenix (Album) Flying Dutchman France 1971 Sell This Version
Lonnie Liston Smith - Burning Spirits album art Huey Simmons* Huey Simmons* - Burning Spirits (Album) Contemporary Records US 1971 Sell This Version
OJ-10 Lonnie Liston Smith - I Told Jesus album art Stanley Turrentine Stanley Turrentine - I Told Jesus(7", Single, Promo) CTI Records OJ-10 US 1971 Sell This Version
Lonnie Liston Smith - Sugar album art Stanley Turrentine Stanley Turrentine - Sugar (Album) CTI Records Canada 1970 Sell This Version
OJ-1 Lonnie Liston Smith - Sugar album art Stanley Turrentine Stanley Turrentine - Sugar(7", Single) CTI Records OJ-1 US 1971 Sell This Version
Lonnie Liston Smith - A Meeting Of The Times album art Rahsaan Roland Kirk* & Al Hibbler Rahsaan Roland Kirk* & Al Hibbler - A Meeting Of The Times (Album) Atlantic US 1972 Sell This Version
S 65246, KC 31906 Lonnie Liston Smith - On The Corner album art Miles Davis Miles Davis - On The Corner(LP, Album, Gat) CBS, CBS S 65246, KC 31906 Europe 1972 Sell This Version

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Alain_Patrick

Alain_Patrick

February 12, 2020
edited 12 days 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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