Lonnie Liston Smith


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Recorded live at Smucker's Cabaret in Brooklyn, NY, in 1976, this superb LP is the only live album that Lonnie Liston Smith provided in the 1970s. It's also one of the most essential and improvisatory recordings he ever came out with. Smith and his band, the Cosmic Echoes, don't hesitate to let loose during this performance, which finds them bringing a very adventurous spirit to gems like "Watercolors" and "Sorcercess." Vocalist Donald Smith is in excellent form on "Expansions," "Visions of a New World," and "My Love," and there are many inspired solos by keyboardist/pianist Smith as well as saxman Dave Hubbard and guitarist Ronald Dean Miller. Though the Cosmic Echoes maintain their ethereal qualities, their playing definitely has a tougher edge on stage.

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