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Visions of a New World
     

Visions of a New World

by Lonnie Liston Smith & the Cosmic Echoes
 
Pianist Lonnie Liston Smith began his true professional career with Pharoah Sanders and then moved on to the very electric Miles Davis band before embarking on his own journey -- one that took him deep into the waters of pop music and disco by the late '70s. On Visions of a New World, Smith,

Overview

Pianist Lonnie Liston Smith began his true professional career with Pharoah Sanders and then moved on to the very electric Miles Davis band before embarking on his own journey -- one that took him deep into the waters of pop music and disco by the late '70s. On Visions of a New World, Smith, accompanied by his working unit the Cosmic Echoes, digs deeper into the soul-jazz vein that he had begun exploring on Expansions and Funk Extraction in 1973 and 1974, respectively. In 1975, Smith was looking for a smoother, more soulful groove than he had displayed previously. Elements of the earlier band are in evidence: Vocalist Donald Smith is still on board, as are Dave Hubbard and Cecil Bridgewater on horns. Reggie Lucas even helps out on guitar in one or two places, and Ray Armando helps the percussion section. Despite these fiery players, the music here is strictly a late-night seduction/meditation groove. Tracks like the opener, "A Chance for Peace," keep the funk in mid-tempo while rounding off the edges, but "Love Beams" sounds exactly like its name. "Colours of the Rainbow" is a duet between Donald and Lonnie on keyboard and vocals that goes nowhere except into echoville, and "Devika" is the first place where the groove exceeds the mood. Latin rhythms, loosely woven horn lines, funky backbeats, and a slinky melody bring the whole thing up a couple of notches. The only other place the album heats up is on the final two tracks: the second part of the title suite -- when Don Smith stops singing -- and "Summer Nights," when the concentration is on pure movement and sweaty, shimmering late-night funk. Not exactly a flawless bid for Smith, but there are some shining moments nonetheless.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/07/2015
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0029667529426
catalogNumber:
5023515
Rank:
46721

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Performance Credits

Lonnie Liston Smith & the Cosmic Echoes   Primary Artist
Michael Carvin   Percussion
Lonnie Liston Smith   Keyboards
Cecil Bridgewater   Trumpet
Dave Hubbard   Horn,Soprano Saxophone
Reggie Lucas   Guitar
Angel Allende   Percussion,Bongos
Ray Armando   Percussion
Wilby Fletcher   Drums
Art Gore   Drums
Lawrence Killian   Percussion,Conga
Greg Maker   Electric Bass
Donald Smith   Flute,Vocals
Clifford Adams   Trombone

Technical Credits

Lonnie Liston Smith   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Dave Hubbard   Composer
Jack Martin   Artist
Bob Thiele   Producer
Dean Rudland   Liner Notes
Acy Lehman   Art Direction
Dick Smith   Art Direction
Sarina Grant   Composer

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