Dr. Lonnie Smith – Live at Club Mozambique (1970)

Another great recording that Blue Note sat on for decades before it was retrieved from the vaults and finally released on CD in 1995, this is pre-turban Dr. Lonnie Smith in prime form. There is more vitality on this live set than his 1969 LP Move Your Hand, especially the explosive cover of Coltrane’s ‘Expressions’, and Smith’s approach to the Hammond B3 is typically adventurous. Keep an ear out for his growling vocalisation behind the organ solo towards the end of ‘I Can’t Stand It’; it’s just funny. George Benson guests on guitar with great style, and while the band may miss a few cues here and there they still play with infectious esprit. Funky and loose with a real live, sweaty vibe. This one is almost worth it for the Doctor’s intro rap on “Piece Of Mind” alone, but the whole set is crackling with honky riffs and great soloing all around. Entertaining and fun, there are no weak points on this album.

 

 

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