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viernes, 31 de agosto de 2018

Lonnie Smith • Keep On Lovin'



Review by Jason Ankeny
Lonnie Smith embraces fusion for Keep on Lovin', forsaking his signature Hammond B-3 for the Fender Rhodes. Although the record veers close to mainstream R&B by virtually any metric, drawing obvious inspiration from Stevie Wonder classics like Innervisions, it's a natural progression for Smith and a solid addition to his discography. Paired with arranger Brad Baker (of jazz-funk cult icons B. Baker Chocolate Co.), Smith even assumes vocal chores on a handful of tracks, furthering the Stevie comparisons. Purists will no doubt cry foul, but in truth the record's electric sheen isn't so far removed from his Blue Note heyday, and the energy and creativity of his playing demand respect regardless of context.

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Revisión por Jason Ankeny
Lonnie Smith adopta la fusión para Keep on Lovin ', renunciando a su firma Hammond B-3 para el Fender Rhodes. Aunque el disco gira muy cerca del R & B convencional con prácticamente cualquier métrica, sacando inspiración obvia de los clásicos de Stevie Wonder como Innervisions, es una progresión natural para Smith y una sólida incorporación a su discografía. Junto con el arreglista Brad Baker (de los íconos de culto jazz-funk B. Baker Chocolate Co.), Smith incluso asume tareas vocales en un puñado de canciones, lo que favorece las comparaciones de Stevie. Los puristas sin duda llorarán, pero en verdad el brillo eléctrico del disco no está tan alejado de su apogeo Blue Note, y la energía y la creatividad de su juego exigen respeto independientemente del contexto.



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Tracks:
01. Keep On Lovin' (Jerry Friedman) - 6:00
02. Sizzle Stick (Brad Baker/Lance Quinn) - 5:57
03. Lean Meat (aka Move That Thing) (Brad Baker/Lance Quinn) - 6:16
04. What I Want (aka All I Want) (Lonnie Smith) - 5:58
05. Filet-O-Sole (Brad Baker/Bob Babbitt) - 5:44
06. No Tears Tomorrow (Lonnie Smith) - 5:08

Personnel:
Alan Rubin, Randy Brecker (tp); Barry Rogers (tb); David Taylor (b-tb); Fred Griffen (frhrn); Joe Lovano (ts, ts solo); George Young (as, f); Lew Del Gatto (bs, f); Lonnie Smith (el-p, key, vcl); Lance Quinn, Jerry Friedman (g); Bob Babbitt, Will Lee (b); Rick Morotta (d); Jimmy Maelen (perc); Tony Posk, Joe Randozza, Guy Lumia, Norman Carr, Frederick Buldrini, Harold Kohan, Richard Sortomme, Julian Barker, Richard Maximoff, Jesse Levy, Richard Locker (strings); Jerry Friedman, Bob Babbitt, Lance Quinn (arr); Brad Baker (arr, cond).


New York City: August 1976 

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