Saturday, June 24, 2017

Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes – Expansions (Flying Dutchman)

Born in Richmond, VA, Lonnie Liston Smith counts among those musicians who, along Idris Muhammad, Roy Ayers, and Herbie Hancock , have broken the boundaries, therefore putting music to a whole new dimension while fusing elements of Soul, Jazz, Funk and eventually Disco or Eletronic.
Remembered for his collaborations with luminaries such as Pharoah Sanders, Gato Barbieri Roland Kirk and Miles Davis, Smith came to form his group (The Cosmic Echoes), eventually signing on Bob Thiele‘s Flying Dutchman label back in 1973. A period which corresponds with the new direction he would give to his musical approach, eventually breaking with his early Hardcore Free Jazz fans, but in the meantime making friends with a brand (more open minded) new audience and building up for himself a reputation as one of the absolute masters of fusion, with his music regarded as influential in genres such as Acid Jazz, Jazz/Funk, Smooth Jazz and eventually Hip-Hop…
Taken from his second album – ‘Expansions’ – released in 1975, its title cut, featuring his brother Donald on vocals and flute, stands as his signature jam, sampled by many artists, from Stetsasonic and their memorable ‘Talkin’ All That Jazz’ to Monie Love (‘Down to Earth’), and also given cover versions by Light Of The World and Scott Grooves feat. Roy Ayers, among others…

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