July 28, 2015

Lonnie Liston Smith - Reflections Of A Golden Dream (1976)


Pharoah Sanders' go-to pianist rode the spiritual, positive natured free jazz of the late 60s and early 70s into an incredibly fruity and smooth mixture of funk, soul, and free jazz for his career as a band leader. This is his fourth (I think) album as a leader with the Cosmic Echoes and the only record by him that I've heard, so I apologize that I can't really hold this up to his more well known works for now. Anyway this is some liminal, shimmering, genre-transcending stuff. Yeah it might be a little corny, especially with those vocals, but ultimately you should be so confused by what exactly you're listening to you won't have time to think about any criticism. Put this on if you just want to chill out when you wake up and can't go to sleep at 3 in the morning. One of those albums you'll either love or hate. Also, please be aware that this is Lonnie LISTON Smith! Different from DR. Lonnie Smith, a guy that made slightly similar music but (you may have seen pictures of Dr. wearing a turban [he is neither a Dr. nor does the turban have any spiritual significance, but that's another story])

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Reflections Of A Golden Dream