Sunday, 3 March 2013

Jazz Funk: Lonnie Smith's Keep On Lovin' (1976)

Lonnie Smith Keep On Lovin
Lonnie Smith

”Keep On Lovin'''
( LP Groove Merchant Records, 1976 )
Catalog # GM 3312

A1 Keep On Lovin’ (6:00)
A2 Sizzle Stick (5:57)
A3 Lean Meat (6:16)
B1 What I Want (5:58)
B2 Filet-O-Sole (5:44)
B3 No Tears Tomorrow (5:08)

Personnel & Credits:
Arranged By – Brad Baker (tracks: A2 to B3)
Arranged By, Composed By – Bob Babbitt (tracks: B2),
Jerry Friedman (tracks: A1), Lance Quinn (tracks: A2, A3)
Artwork By [Design] – Ron Levine
Bass – Bob Babbitt , Will Lee (tracks: A3)
Composed By – Brad Baker (tracks: A2, A3) , Lonnie Smith (tracks: B1, B3)
Conductor, Arranged By – Brad Baker
Drums – Rick Morotta
Electric Piano [Fenderhodes], Keyboards, Vocals – Lonnie Smith
Engineer [Mix, Recording] – Tony Bongiovi
Flute, Saxophone [Alto] – George Young
Flute, Saxophone [Baritone] – Lew Del Gatto
French Horn – Fred Griffen
Guitar – Jerry Friedman, Lance Quinn
Other [Music Preparation] – Oscar Jaimes
Percussion – Jimmy Maelen
Photography – Chuck Stewart
Producer – Sonny Lester
Saxophone [Tenor] – Joseph Lovano
Strings – Fredrick Buldrini, Guy Lumia , Harold Kohan, Jesse Levy, Joe Randazzo,
Julian Barker, Norman Carr, Richard Locker, Richard Maximoff, Richard Sortomme, Tony Posk
Trombone – Barry Rogers
Trombone [Bass] – David Taylor
Trumpet – Alan Rubin , Randy Brecker

Also on : Lester Recording Catalog (Cat.#LRC 9312), 1977

Lonnie Smith Keep On Lovin_1

''Keep On Lovin'''

Recorded at Media Sound August 1976.
Format: Vinyl, LP (Gatefold)
Country: US
Released: 1976
All compositions published by Sonny Lester Music Publishing Co./Chappell Music Co. (ASCAP)
Distributed by PIP Records. A division of Pickwick International, Inc.
This album is also availabe on stereo 8 track tapes.
Randy Brecker appears courtesy of Arista Records.

Lonnie Smith Keep On Lovin_2

''No Tears Tomorrow''

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’s Chocolate Company), 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 demands respect regardless of context.
By Jason Ankeny (AMG)

Lonnie Smith's a long way from his Blue Note years here – but the sound is still plenty darn great, thanks to some fuller arrangements from the great Brad Baker – of B Baker Chocolate Company fame! The whole thing's quite electric – with Lonnie on Fender Rhodes and other keyboards on most tracks, and rhythms that bring in bits of strings amidst the smaller jazz combo vamping – a blend that's smoothly soulful, but still more than funky enough to please our ears. Lonnie even sings a bit on the record, too – in this slightly-spacey quality that has echoes of Stevie Wonder – but the main focus overall is on his keyboards, which step out nicely over the backings. Titles include "Keep On Lovin", "What I Want", "No Tears Tomorrow", "Sizzle Stick", "Lean Meat", and "Filet O Sole".
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