29 August 2006
LONNIE SMITH - AFRO-DESIA
Final post on the organ theme for the time being and it's the sprawling 1975 jazz funk extravaganza Afro-desia from Lonnie Smith on Groove Merchant.Quite a line up on this one with,among others,Ron Carter on bass,Joe Lovano on saxes and George Benson on guitar -way,way before he started warbling and became a superstar.George was of course mates with the pre-turban Lonnie in Jack McDuff's combo which Smith used to fill in for and George appears on this as an uncredited friend due to contractual reasons.The albums a pretty wild brew moving from the storming latin conga and cowbell breakdown of Straight to the Point thru a full tilt take on Coltrane's Impressions (called Favors for this set) to the bass heavy psychedelic break driven funk of both Afro-desia and Spirits Free.
Incidentally I read some where that Lonnie took to wearing a turban and in recent years calling himself "Doctor"Lonnie Smith because "he felt like it"!Interesting what you can do as a bona fide master of the hammond b3!!!
This is ripped from a vinyl re-issue although its had a couple of cd presses over the years which are filled out with tracks from other lps and with different titles to the same tunes(!!!)