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With a mostly different team of musicians in place, save for Buddy Williams' drums and a cameo Donald Smith vocal, Silhouettes nevertheless continues the Lonnie Liston Smith string of sweetly ingratiating pop/jazz background albums. If anything, Smith's keyboard work is even more stripped down and lightly melodic than before, and his new cohorts create more mild-mannered, semi-funky backdrops that won't disturb anyone's sleep. Smith's "Summer Afternoon" is the most memorable tune; at the close, you hope that soprano player Premik will heat it up and scorch the air like Smith's former employer Pharoah Sanders, but no, the track fades before he can catch fire. Will a 21st-century lounge movement be interested in this type of thing someday? Who knows, if it can happen to Esquivel ... ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi


Born: 28 December 1940 in Richmond, VA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

When Lonnie Liston Smith made the transition from sideman to leader in 1973, it was the beginning of a fusion/crossover/post-bop band he dubbed Lonnie Liston Smith & the Cosmic Echoes. The acoustic pianist/electric keyboardist, who was born in Richmond, VA, on December 28, 1940, should not be confused with soul-jazz/hard bop organist Lonnie Smith. This Smith would have had an impressive résumé even if he had never formed a band of his own. In the '60s or early '70s, he had been a sidemen for, among...
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