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Album Review

Lonnie Smith embraces fusion for Keep on Lovin', forsaking his signature Hammond B-3 for the Fender Rhodes. Although the record veers close to mainstream R&B by virtually any metric, drawing obvious inspiration from Stevie Wonder classics like Innervisions, it's a natural progression for Smith and a solid addition to his discography. Paired with arranger Brad Baker (of jazz-funk cult icons B. Baker Chocolate Co.), Smith even assumes vocal chores on a handful of tracks, furthering the Stevie comparisons. Purists will no doubt cry foul, but in truth the record's electric sheen isn't so far removed from his Blue Note heyday, and the energy and creativity of his playing demand respect regardless of context.

Biography

Born: 03 July 1942 in Buffalo, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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Keep On Lovin' (Out of Print,Digital Only), Lonnie Smith
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  • $10.74
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 1976

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