Visions of a New World

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/23/1995
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 078635119626
  • Catalog Number: 51196

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Chance for Peace - Lonnie Liston Smith & the Cosmic Echoes (5:24)
  2. 2 Love Beams - Lonnie Liston Smith & the Cosmic Echoes (4:09)
  3. 3 Colors of the Rainbow - Lonnie Liston Smith & the Cosmic Echoes (3:49)
  4. 4 Devika - Lonnie Liston Smith & the Cosmic Echoes (5:18)
  5. 5 Sunset - Lonnie Liston Smith & the Cosmic Echoes (4:22)
  6. 6 Visions of a New World (Phase I) - Lonnie Liston Smith & the Cosmic Echoes (2:10)
  7. 7 Visions of a New World (Phase II) - Lonnie Liston Smith & the Cosmic Echoes (3:44)
  8. 8 Summer Nights - Lonnie Liston Smith & the Cosmic Echoes (5:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lonnie Liston Smith Primary Artist, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Michael Carvin Percussion
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
Lonnie Liston Smith & the Cosmic Echoes Track Performer
Technical Credits
Lonnie Liston Smith Producer, Original Album Producer
Jack Martin Art Direction, Paintings
Bob Thiele Producer, Original Album Producer
Dave Wittman Engineer
Acy Lehman Art Direction
Daniel Baumgarten Reissue Producer, Reissue Preparation
Dick Smith Art Direction
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