egroj world: Dr. Lonnie Smith • Spiral

domingo, 29 de marzo de 2020

Dr. Lonnie Smith • Spiral



Review:
Vitality and age might be normally be at odds with one another, but not when discussing Dr. Lonnie Smith—the inimitable organ shaman of the modern soul-jazz epoch. Whether turning in clever takes on the music of indie rocker Beck, recasting familiar standards in his organic organ mold or shaping his own compositions to his liking, Smith never seems to be short on ideas. He furthers the traditional role of the organ in small-group jazz and puts a modern slant on things, giving the music a unique character that is also immediately accessible.

After meeting with some creative Crescent City natives like saxophonist Donald Harrison and drummer Herlin Riley on Rise Up! (Palmetto Records, 2009), with Spiral Smith is back to the organ/guitar/drums combination that's worked so well for him in the past. While some prior albums have added a rhythm guitarist to the mix, Smith rides this one out with his current touring band mates, guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg and drummer Jamire Williams. This eight-song program touches on everybody from Harold Mabern and Rodgers and Hart to Slide Hampton, giving the trio a chance to put its stamp on a wide range of music.

A performance of "Mellow Mood," written by organ great Jimmy Smith, begins with some funky drumming and Kreisberg's lithe, steady solo lines contrast nicely with Smith's mixture of space and speedy runs in his own soloing. Williams uses brushes at the breezy beginning of "I've Never Been In Love Before," but moves to sticks when he wants to create a firm swing feel. Smith's electrifying, skittering chords during his solo are the highlight here. Hampton's "Frame For The Blues" slowly strolls along, but the musicians bring back the energy for "I Didn't Know What Time It Was." Kreisberg's insistent rhythm guitar riffing screams for a samba-centered drum groove, but Williams doesn't bite. Instead, he takes a funky approach, owing as much to Questlove of The Roots or David Garibaldi from Tower of Power as it does to modern jazz drumming. Kreisberg crafts some tasty solo lines here and Williams' cymbal work becomes busier and more aggressive as the track progresses, culminating with his solo, over a rumbling organ bottom.

"Sweet & Lovely" lives up to its name and, on many other tracks here, Smith charmingly moans along with his own lines. "Spiral" begins with a sense of hushed intrigue and mystery. Kreisberg's noir-ish lines slink along as Williams tiptoes behind him, and here the guitarist proves to be a moodier soloist than Smith. Mabern's "Beehive" came across as modern-leaning, aggressive post-bop when Lee Morgan performed it in the early 1970s, but Smith gives it more of a fusion slant here. While this one is the edgiest performance on the album, Smith chooses to end things in a more peaceful, worry-free vein with "Sukiyaki." With Spiral, Dr. Lonnie Smith continues to dole out funky, soulful and original musical prescriptions for the people.
- Dan Bilawsky


Artist Biography
Organist Lonnie Smith has often been confused with keyboardist/pianist Lonnie Liston Smith -- and, in fact, more than a few retailers have wrongly assumed that they're one and the same. In the mid-'60s, the Hammond hero earned recognition for his membership in George Benson's classic quartet before going on to play with Lou Donaldson (contributing some memorable solos to the alto saxman's hit 1967 album Alligator Bogaloo) and recording enjoyable dates of his own for Blue Note. For all their accessibility and commercial appeal, funk-influenced Smith sessions like 1968's Think and 1970's Drives showed that he could be quite imaginative. Smith, who later became Dr. Lonnie Smith (for "no particular reason," the same reason he gives for why he always wears a traditional Sikh turban), remained an inspired representative of soul-jazz, releasing his own albums like 1993's Afro Blue and continuing his long association with Donaldson.

The 21st century saw him step up the pace, releasing several albums, including a tribute to Beck, 2003's Boogaloo to Beck; an album of reworked and modernized jazz standards, 2006's Jungle Soul; and 2009's Rise Up! Smith and his trio members -- Jonathan Kreisberg, guitar; Jamire Williams, drums -- continued a relentless and tireless touring and recording schedule; he issued Spiral in 2010 on Palmetto with Matt Balitsaris producing, followed by the live album Healer in 2012. In 2016, Smith delivered Evolution, his first album for Blue Note since 1970's Drives. Produced by Don Was, it featured guest appearances from saxophonist Joe Lovano, pianist Robert Glasper, and others. Smith enlisted Was as a producer again, this time for a trio date entitled All in My Mind. Released in January of 2018, the set included two originals, a cover of Paul Simon's "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" (featuring guest vocalist Alicia Olatuja), Wayne Shorter's "Juju," and Tadd Dameron's "On a Misty Night" in its track list.

///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

Revisión:
La vitalidad y la edad pueden estar normalmente en desacuerdo entre sí, pero no cuando se habla del Dr. Lonnie Smith, el inimitable chamán de órganos de la época moderna del soul-jazz. Ya sea que se convierta en inteligente en la música del rockero indie Beck, refundiendo estándares familiares en su molde de órgano orgánico o dando forma a sus propias composiciones a su gusto, Smith nunca parece estar corto de ideas. Fomenta el papel tradicional del órgano en el jazz de grupos pequeños y le da un enfoque moderno a las cosas, dando a la música un carácter único que también es inmediatamente accesible.

Después de reunirse con algunos creativos de Crescent City como el saxofonista Donald Harrison y el baterista Herlin Riley en Rise Up! (Palmetto Records, 2009), con Spiral Smith vuelve a la combinación órgano/guitarra/batería que le ha funcionado tan bien en el pasado. Mientras que algunos álbumes anteriores han añadido un guitarrista rítmico a la mezcla, Smith sale con sus actuales compañeros de banda de gira, el guitarrista Jonathan Kreisberg y el baterista Jamire Williams. Este programa de ocho canciones toca a todo el mundo, desde Harold Mabern y Rodgers y Hart hasta Slide Hampton, dando al trío la oportunidad de poner su sello en una amplia gama de música.

La interpretación de "Mellow Mood", escrita por el gran organista Jimmy Smith, comienza con un poco de batería funky y las líneas de solista de Kreisberg, que son flexibles y constantes, contrastan con la mezcla de espacio y velocidad de Smith en su propio solitario. Williams utiliza pinceles en el alegre comienzo de "I've Never Been In Love Before", pero se mueve a los palos cuando quiere crear una sensación de swing firme. Los electrizantes acordes de Smith durante su solo son lo más destacado aquí. "Frame For The Blues" de Hampton se pasea lentamente, pero los músicos traen de vuelta la energía para "I Didn't Know What Time It Was Was". La insistente guitarra rítmica de Kreisberg grita por un ritmo de tambor centrado en la samba, pero Williams no muerde. En su lugar, adopta un enfoque funky, debido tanto a Questlove of The Roots o David Garibaldi de Tower of Power como a la batería de jazz moderno. Kreisberg crea algunas sabrosas líneas de solo aquí y el trabajo de Williams con el platillo se vuelve más intenso y agresivo a medida que la pista avanza, culminando con su solo, sobre un fondo de órgano estruendoso.

"Sweet & Lovely" hace honor a su nombre y, en muchos otros temas aquí, Smith gime encantadoramente junto con sus propias líneas. "Spiral" comienza con una sensación de intriga y misterio silencioso. Las líneas noir de Kreisberg se deslizan mientras Williams se pone de puntillas detrás de él, y aquí el guitarrista demuestra ser un solista más temperamental que Smith. El "Beehive" de Mabern se presentó como un post-bop moderno y agresivo cuando Lee Morgan lo interpretó a principios de los 70, pero Smith le da un enfoque más de fusión. Mientras que esta es la actuación más vanguardista del álbum, Smith elige terminar las cosas en una vena más tranquila y sin preocupaciones con "Sukiyaki". Con "Spiral", el Dr. Lonnie Smith continúa repartiendo recetas musicales originales y llenas de sentimiento para la gente.
- Dan Bilawsky


 Biografía del artista
El organista Lonnie Smith se ha confundido a menudo con el teclista/pianista Lonnie Liston Smith - y, de hecho, más de unos pocos minoristas han asumido erróneamente que son uno y el mismo. A mediados de los años 60, el héroe de Hammond se ganó el reconocimiento por su pertenencia al cuarteto clásico de George Benson antes de pasar a tocar con Lou Donaldson (contribuyendo algunos solos memorables al exitoso álbum de 1967 del saxofonista alto Alligator Bogaloo) y grabando sus propias fechas de disfrute para Blue Note. A pesar de su accesibilidad y atractivo comercial, las sesiones de Smith con influencia funk, como Think de 1968 y Drives de 1970, demostraron que podía ser bastante imaginativo. Smith, que más tarde se convirtió en el Dr. Lonnie Smith (por "ninguna razón en particular", la misma razón que da por la que siempre lleva un turbante tradicional sikh), siguió siendo un inspirado representante del soul-jazz, lanzando sus propios álbumes como el Afro Blue de 1993 y continuando su larga asociación con Donaldson.

El siglo XXI lo vio acelerar el ritmo, lanzando varios álbumes, incluyendo un tributo a Beck, Boogaloo to Beck de 2003; un álbum de estándares de jazz reelaborados y modernizados, Jungle Soul de 2006 y Rise Up! de 2009. Smith y sus miembros del trío - Jonathan Kreisberg, guitarra; Jamire Williams, batería - continuaron con un programa de giras y grabaciones incesante e incansable; publicó Spiral en 2010 en Palmetto con la producción de Matt Balitsaris, seguido por el álbum en vivo Healer en 2012. En 2016, Smith entregó Evolution, su primer álbum para Blue Note desde la década de 1970, Drives. Producido por Don Was, contó con la participación del saxofonista Joe Lovano, el pianista Robert Glasper y otros. Smith enlistó a Was como productor de nuevo, esta vez para una cita en trío titulada All in My Mind. Lanzado en enero de 2018, el conjunto incluyó dos originales, una versión de "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" de Paul Simon (con la vocalista invitada Alicia Olatuja), "Juju" de Wayne Shorter, y "On a Misty Night" de Tadd Dameron en su lista de canciones.


Tracklist:
1 - Mellow Mood - 5:13
2 - I've Never Been In Love Before - 5:11
3 - Frame For The Blues - 8:53
4 - I Didn't Know What Time It Was - 7:49
5 - Sweet And Lovely - 5:57
6 - Spiral - 5:55
7 - Beehive - 6:41
8 - Sukiyaki - 3:40


Credits:
    Drums – Jamire Williams
    Guitar – Jonathan Kreisberg
    Organ – Dr. Lonnie Smith
    Producer – Matt Balitsaris


Label: Palmetto Records ‎– PM 2142
Released: 2010
Genre: Jazz, Funk / Soul
Style: Jazz-Funk











This file is intended only for preview!
I ask you to delete the file from your hard drive after reading it.
thank for the original uploader















4 comentarios:

  1. I dig the organ sound but didn't find a lot of organists I really enjoy, Dr. Lonnie Smith begin amongst them, with Larry Goldings, Sam Yahel, Mike LeDonne and hopefully some I don't remember now :)

    J. Kreisberg is an other of my guitar heroes, with Peter Bernstein, Kurt, etc.

    So this is clearly an album I expected not to be disappointed with, and it keeps its promises for sure! I remember seeing those guys live in Paris a few years ago, fantastic concert. Kreisberg shines as he always does, his mastery of the sound and the rhythm is unmatched.

    Thank you very very much Jorge for sharing this album I wasn't aware of!

    ResponderEliminar
    Respuestas
    1. I'm glad you like the album, Kreisberg has a couple more albums with Dr. and I remember another one with Joe Locke.

      Eliminar