It is fully a jazz album, and a completely funky soul-jazz disc as well. Smith plays both piano and electric keyboards and keeps his compositions on the jazzy side: breezy, open, and full of groove.

Artist: Lonnie Liston Smith And The Cosmic Echoes

Genre: Jazz

Label: Ace

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Summery and loose in feel, airy and free with its in-the-cut beats and stellar piano fills, Expansions prefigures a number of the "smooth jazz" greats here, without the studio slickness and turgid lack of imagination. ... The music on Expansions is timeless soul-jazz, perfect in every era. Of all the fusion records of this type released in the mid-'70s, Expansions provided smoother jazzers and electronica's sampling wizards with more material that Smith could ever have anticipated".

Credit: Thom Jurek

About the artist

Amos Leon Thomas Jr. (October 4, 1937 – May 8, 1999), known professionally as Leon Thomas, was an American jazz and blues vocalist, born in East St. Louis, Illinois, and known for his bellowing glottal-stop style of free jazz singing in the late 1960s and 1970s.[1]

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