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A legendary keyboardist/bandleader, Lonnie Liston Smith got his start in the '60s playing piano and keys with the likes of Roland Kirk, Art Blakey, Gato Barbieri, and Miles Davis. In the '70s he formed The Cosmic Echoes, an incredible group that seamlessly fused jazz, funk, soul, world music, spirituality, and a strong "peace and love" message. Together with The Echoes (members included his brother Donald, plus Cecil McBee, Joe Beck, James Mtume, and others), he put out 14 albums between 1973 and 1985, many of them produced by Bob Thiele for his labels Flying Dutchman and Doctor Jazz. Expansions was originally released in 1974 and is one of the best examples of the group's unique and exceptionally funky sound. A mix of instrumentals and vocal tracks, jam-packed with grooved-out basslines, trippy flute and synth solos, and exotic percussion, it's since been sampled extensively by hip-hop producers looking for the perfect beat. Every track here is fantastic, but the title track, "Voodoo Woman," and "Shadows" are highlights.

Customer Reviews

Cosmic is right....

Always been way ahead of the times. Great tunes.

where's the rest

where are all his other great albums from RCA?


Born: December 28, 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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