Lonnie Liston Smith

Make Someone Happy

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For this refreshing change of pace, Lonnie Liston Smith (best known for his atmospheric mood music) sticks exclusively to acoustic piano and plays mostly standards in a trio with bassist Cecil McBee and drummer Al Foster. One of Smith's very few straight-ahead dates, this LP (which is highlighted by his versions of "Close Your Eyes," "Speak Low" and "Duke's Place") is worth searching for as a strong example of Lonnie Liston Smith's acoustic playing.

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