Monday, 24 August 2009

Lonnie Smith ”Think!”

Lonnie Smith

( LP Blue Note Records, 1968 )
Catalog # BST 84307
*Also Blue Note BST 84290, CDP 7 84290-2

The Call Of The Wind
Son Of Ice Bag
Three Blind Mice

Personnel & Credits:
Congas, Percussion – Norberto Apellaniz (tracks: 2, 5),
Willie Bivins (tracks: 2, 5)
Drums – Marion Booker, Jr.
Engineer – Dave Sanders
Guitar – Melvin Sparks
Mastered By [Remastering] – Rudy Van Gelder
Organ – Lonnie Smith
Other [Original Liner Notes] – Rhett Evers
Producer, Artwork By [Cover Photograph] – Francis Wolff
Saxophone [Tenor], Flute – David Newman
Timbales – Henry “Pucho” Brown (tracks: 2, 5)
Trumpet – Lee Morgan

Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio,
Englewood Cliffs, NJ, July 23, 1968

Think!, organist Lonnie Smith’s 1968 sophomore effort for Blue Note, is easily one of the strongest dates the Hammond B-3 master would produce for the label. Featuring a stellar group of musicians including trumpeter Lee Morgan, tenor saxophonist David Newman, guitarist Melvin Sparks, and drummer Marion Booker, Jr., as well as a three-member Afro-Latin percussion unit led by Henry “Pucho” Brown, Think! is a perfect mix of funky soul and forward-thinking jazz. Kicking things off with Hugh Masekela’s instantly memorable “Son of Ice Bag,” both Sparks and Newman take searching funk-flow solos while Morgan seems to be remembering a certain Masekela lick he dug. Similarly expansive is the epic and frenetic Afro bliss-out “The Call of the Wild,” which finds Newman in a heady, bluesy organ jam freak-out set against “Pucho” Brown’s torrid Latin rhythms and Sparks’ nasty repeto-funk guitar riff. By the time you get to the title track and realize “Oh, it’s that “Think,” all you can do is laugh at the utter hipness of it all and take pleasure in the notion that the album is only half over. [The Rudy Van Gelder Edition of Think! features remastered sound by original producer Van Gelder, significantly improving the overall sound quality over the original release.]
By Matt Collar (AMG)

Interview with Doctor Lonnie Smith here.

By Pier

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