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Dr. Lonnie Smith

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 on 2010 on Palmetto with Matt Balitsaris producing. The live album Healer followed 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. ~ Alex Henderson
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Track List: Rise Up!

1. A Matterapat

2. Come Together

3. Pilgimage

4. Dapper Dan

5. And the World Weeps

7. Tyrone

8. Sweet Dreams

9. Voodoo Doll

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Track List: Jungle Soul

1. Trouble Man

2. Simone

3. Jungle Soul

4. Willow Weep For Me

5. Freedom Jazz Dance

6. Blue Moment

7. Witch Doctor

8. Bemsha Swing

9. Zimbabwe

10. Jungle Wisdom

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Track List: Too Damn Hot

1. Norleans

2. Too Damm Hot

3. Back Track

4. The Whip

5. Silver Serenade

6. Track 9

7. One Cylinder

8. Someday My Prince Will Come

9. Your Mama's Got A Complex

10. Evil Turn

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Track List: Spiral

1. Mellow Mood

2. I've Never Been in Love Before

3. Frame for the Blues

4. I Didn't Know What Time It Was

5. Sweet & Lovely

6. Spiral

7. Beehive

8. Sukiyaki

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ebouler3
Dr Smith is a great hammond organist. Saw him recently on a P B S special, and MAN, did he turn it out!! I'll neva erase it from my DVR!!
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Dr. Smith.. I loved our dates on Maui at longi's back in the 80's. I especially dug those morning sessions at Paul Weinstein's crib in Kula You are the Supreme leader of the B3 monsters! Patrick the Tenor Player
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Trouble Man. Blax Flix.
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williamslove t t w w 1 0 3
I am a proud son-in-law of the Dr. With all due respect, he is truly a living legend!!!
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Groove Bone!
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linksgayaren a
From the Fleetwood so cool
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I'm 14yrs old, Dr. Lonnie has inspired me so much! Ever since I saw him on Austin City Limits I've been in love!!
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AMAZING!
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"Jungle-Soul " D r Lonnie"B3" Smith
Stone-Cold Super-Badd Super-Star Soul-Brotha
~H-Town Up Mo-City Down With-It~6m14 y ~
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Jazzcpo
Dr,. Lonnie is a genius. I am 73, I love his music.
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hennyp237
Met this inspiring Legend in person & he is AMAZING
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Looking forward to seeing him in Killer B-3 sometime this year.
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cef1953
Awesome! I can feel his joy and passion for the music.
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charlaine988 0
I saw Lonnie at Live Oak Music Festival, CA performing Spiral with his trio. He was fantastic! Dripping with feel and soul!
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A classic and a gem.... Don't miss him LIVE!!!!!!!! ! !
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THIS IS ONE WICKED TAKE ON mARVIN gAYE'S CLASSIC,
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I loooove this guy's music!!
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alligator bogaloo.the goombah likes it.
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meade.david
Don't call it a comeback he been here for years, The Dr. sure has stepped up the pace in the 21st Century with his fantastic organ playing.

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