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Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad "Lonnie Liston Smith (Jazz Is Dead 017)" CD

★With obi/Japanese commentary
★Imported version for domestic distribution

JAZZ IS DEAD, which has become the most prominent presence in the LA underground and jazz scenes thanks to the 10 albums of the first series, which were successfully completed despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the difficult situation in which live events, the origin of the label, could not be held, is now releasing the seventh installment of its second series! The seventh installment, which is finally the final installment of the series, features legendary keyboardist Lonnie Liston Smith, who left behind famous Afro-Turkish jazz-funk songs in the 70s!

Lonnie Liston Smith, who has a career spanning more than 50 years as a keyboardist, played as a sideman for jazz giants such as Pharoah Sanders and Miles Davis, and then formed his own band, The Cosmic Echoes, in the 1970s. With the band, which also featured Cecil McBee and James Mtume, he released a number of masterpieces on Flying Dutchman. As the title of one of his signature songs, "Cosmic Funk," suggests, the band's characteristic sound is cosmic, and they produced a number of jazz-funk classics that are still sampled by hip-hop and serve as a catalyst for livening up dance floors, including the ultimate song "Expansions," which was sampled by Stetsa Sonic in "Talkin' All That Jazz" and had a huge influence on the rare groove and acid jazz movements. Lonnie Liston Smith, who was the headliner of the "Black History Month" event series hosted by JAZZ IS DEAD in February 2020, has now reunited with JAZZ IS DEAD! Just as Ronnie's brother Donald Smith was the vocalist for The Cosmic Echoes in the 70s, Lauren Oden, the singer for JAZZ IS DEAD, is in charge of vocals on 4 of the 9 songs on this album. Starting with "Love Bring Happiness," which was previously recorded on the first compilation of the second series, "JAZZ IS DEAD 011," to the mellow jazz funk "A New Spring," which is the closer of the album, all of the vocal songs have a sweet melody that highlights Lauren's beautiful tenor, which Adrian Younge highly praises as "my Marvin Gaye," and the album is an excellent finish that brings out the best of Ronnie's charm, which is different from cosmic funk. "Gratitude" is a light jazz groove that makes you want to dance, reminiscent of Ronnie's collaboration with Pharoah Sanders, "Fete" is a burst of Adrian's psychedelic tastes, and "Kaleidoscope" is a song that really shows off the main character's talents, sounding like an excerpt from a masterpiece from the Flying Dutchman era, and "What May Come" features a space walk on the Rhodes piano. These are instant classics that are comparable to the masterpieces of the 70s, showcasing the breadth of Ronnie's musicality with a variety of approaches, not just cosmic funk!!


■Track list

  • 1.Love Brings Happiness feat. Loren Oden
  • 2. Dawn
  • 3.Cosmic Changes feat. Loren Oden
  • 4. Gratitude
  • 5.Love Can Be feat. Loren Oden
  • 6. Fete
  • 7. Kaleidoscope
  • 8.What May Come
  • 9.A New Spring feat. Loren Oden

ADRIAN YOUNGE & ALI SHAHEED MUHAMMAD 『LONNIE LISTON SMITH (JAZZ IS DEAD 017)』CD

Release : 2023-05-17

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Description

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad "Lonnie Liston Smith (Jazz Is Dead 017)" CD

★With obi/Japanese commentary
★Imported version for domestic distribution

JAZZ IS DEAD, which has become the most prominent presence in the LA underground and jazz scenes thanks to the 10 albums of the first series, which were successfully completed despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the difficult situation in which live events, the origin of the label, could not be held, is now releasing the seventh installment of its second series! The seventh installment, which is finally the final installment of the series, features legendary keyboardist Lonnie Liston Smith, who left behind famous Afro-Turkish jazz-funk songs in the 70s!

Lonnie Liston Smith, who has a career spanning more than 50 years as a keyboardist, played as a sideman for jazz giants such as Pharoah Sanders and Miles Davis, and then formed his own band, The Cosmic Echoes, in the 1970s. With the band, which also featured Cecil McBee and James Mtume, he released a number of masterpieces on Flying Dutchman. As the title of one of his signature songs, "Cosmic Funk," suggests, the band's characteristic sound is cosmic, and they produced a number of jazz-funk classics that are still sampled by hip-hop and serve as a catalyst for livening up dance floors, including the ultimate song "Expansions," which was sampled by Stetsa Sonic in "Talkin' All That Jazz" and had a huge influence on the rare groove and acid jazz movements. Lonnie Liston Smith, who was the headliner of the "Black History Month" event series hosted by JAZZ IS DEAD in February 2020, has now reunited with JAZZ IS DEAD! Just as Ronnie's brother Donald Smith was the vocalist for The Cosmic Echoes in the 70s, Lauren Oden, the singer for JAZZ IS DEAD, is in charge of vocals on 4 of the 9 songs on this album. Starting with "Love Bring Happiness," which was previously recorded on the first compilation of the second series, "JAZZ IS DEAD 011," to the mellow jazz funk "A New Spring," which is the closer of the album, all of the vocal songs have a sweet melody that highlights Lauren's beautiful tenor, which Adrian Younge highly praises as "my Marvin Gaye," and the album is an excellent finish that brings out the best of Ronnie's charm, which is different from cosmic funk. "Gratitude" is a light jazz groove that makes you want to dance, reminiscent of Ronnie's collaboration with Pharoah Sanders, "Fete" is a burst of Adrian's psychedelic tastes, and "Kaleidoscope" is a song that really shows off the main character's talents, sounding like an excerpt from a masterpiece from the Flying Dutchman era, and "What May Come" features a space walk on the Rhodes piano. These are instant classics that are comparable to the masterpieces of the 70s, showcasing the breadth of Ronnie's musicality with a variety of approaches, not just cosmic funk!!


■Track list

  • 1.Love Brings Happiness feat. Loren Oden
  • 2. Dawn
  • 3.Cosmic Changes feat. Loren Oden
  • 4. Gratitude
  • 5.Love Can Be feat. Loren Oden
  • 6. Fete
  • 7. Kaleidoscope
  • 8.What May Come
  • 9.A New Spring feat. Loren Oden
ADRIAN YOUNGE & ALI SHAHEED MUHAMMAD 『LONNIE LISTON SMITH (JAZZ IS DEAD 017)』CD

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