It was Flying Dutchman that put out some of Lonnie Liston Smith and the Cosmic Echoes's most vital work. Despite their groundbreaking albums, though, they are often overlooked by hardcore jazz nuts and we cannot work out why.
Artist: Lonnie Liston Smith and The Cosmic Echoes
Label: Beat Goes Public
In five albums stretching over four years, this partnership took the fusion style into the next dimension and mixed up post-bop modal, spiritual jazz, funk, rock and pop in the process. There was nothing safe about their work but this one took on a funkier feel that most with Lonnie Liston Smith's brother Donald contributing smooth vocals to tunes including John Coltrane's 'Naima.'
About the artist
Lonnie Liston Smith Jr. is an American jazz, soul, and funk musician who played with such jazz artists as Pharoah Sanders and Miles Davis before forming Lonnie Liston Smith and the Cosmic Echoes, recording a number of albums widely regarded as classics in the fusion, smooth jazz and acid jazz genres.
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