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Astral Traveling [Import]

Lonnie Liston SmithAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 11, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: BGP / Beat Goes Public
  • ASIN: B00H7KWIE2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,035 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Astral Traveling
2. Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord
3. Rejuvenation
4. I Mani (Faith)
5. In Search Of Truth
6. Aspirations 4
7. Astral Traveling (Bonus - Alternate Take)
8. Rejuvenation (Bonus - Alternate Take)
9. I Mani (Faith) (Bonus - Alternate Take)
10. In Search Of Truth (Bonus - Alternate Take)

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Lonnie Liston Smith made his name as a sideman. He had played piano for Pharoah Sanders, Gato Barbieri and then Miles Davis. His elevation to Miles' band led to him becoming very in-demand and he was offered the opportunity to record an LP for Flying Dutchman as leader. Astral Traveling was the result, the first showing of Lonnie's 'cosmic jazz' philosophy, which mixed spiritual jazz with a touch of funk. Over a dense backing rhythm he and saxophonist George Barron improvise beautifully. The LP marks the start of Lonnie's successful career as a leader in some style. Contains four alternate versions that were not available until its original CD release in 2002.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic December 20, 2009
Format:Audio CD
By the early 1970s, jazz needed some chill. Free, fussion, all the social and musical upevil that rock jazz, along with America, in the 60s was just making everything too raw.

Enter Lonnie Liston Smith. He may have used an electric keybord, but he sure was not Keith Jarret or Joe Ziwinal. Smith used the keys to create mellow, shimmering blankets of notes. Nice dreams.

These were so textured and layered and colorful, soloists could blow in them however they liked--it was modal jazz without any of the drive.

Of course, great musicans pick up on the nuances the music begs for, and so the solos in Smiths music are light as a feather, or Smiths touch on the keyboards. You almost get the sense everyone is playing half awake--not that the playing is not outstanding, but like us, the band is lured into that nice little drift we all long for.

This is mood music, but also has a lot of subtance. The layering, and there is a lot, creates texture and weight, we are never at a loss as this music shifts with new sounds each listen.

Enjoy. Go to sleep my baby. Enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This album came out in the middle of the Afro-American consciousness/Black Power era in jazz (there are so many different names for this jazz style that I simply equate it to the social phenomenon). I have never been much a fan of it, with a few notable exceptions (Pharoah Sanders being among them) but I put this album on this morning and was amazed at how well it holds up some 35 or so years later. It is far more accessible than late period Coltrane and far less pretentious than say, Albert Ayler and avoids the experimentation for experimentation's sake ramblings of Miles Davis. Despite its title it is a cohesive and beautiful album with a band whose members have there feet thouroughly planted on the ground regardless of what kind of traveling they were doing with their minds (another reviewer suggests indulging in a "J" while listening to this...I don't think that gives the boys in the band enough credit as the music stands on its own quite well). All in all a nice rediscovery for me and perhaps a new discovery for you. Highly recommended. The sound is superb on this reissue as well. As with so many of my favorite albums it appears that this one is out of print too so buy it while you can. I guess it lost BMG some money and one of the record execs had to play golf on a public course (!) so they decided to 86 this work of art. Hurray for America!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Behold! The Spirit Of The Eternal Groove February 6, 2013
Format:Audio CD
With a pedigree extending from Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers all the way up through his work with Pharaoh Sanders,it was very likely that keyboardist Lonnie Liston Smith would have a good chance of changing the face of jazz as a leader. When Miles Davis made his earliest electric jazz works such as Filles De Kilimanjaro and Bitches Brew,he was inspired by psychedelia and the more avante garde side rock and jazz rather than anything pop oriented or commercial. As a matter of fact Miles alum Herbie Hancock came at his earliest electric albums from the same approach. This would've been known as the "cosmic jazz" movement that embraced psychedelia,free jazz and electricity into exciting new combinations. For his part Smith was all set to take this already expansive music into a world of his own.

This album begins with the title song-filled with dancing percussion and the flowing scales Smith gets out of the Fender Rhodes electric piano. "Let Us Into The House Of The Lord" even more deeply explores the meaningful beauty of Smith's electric keyboard textures-multi tracked for a wonderfully symphonic effect. "Rejuvenation" and the closing "Aspirations" both extend from this joyous free-bop style rhythm with saxophonist George Barron inventing one penetrating melody after another harmonizing with Smith's electric and acoustic piano. "I Mani (Faith)" starts off very gently but in the middle Barron's sax solo begins to reflect the same intense,free associative playing associated with Smith's former band leader Pharaoh Sanders.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is there any question?? October 25, 2009
By zeak
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This mans music speaks for itself!! Beautiful ,mellow,thoughtful,spacey ,groovy...If I miss anything just let me know.To me his music is ultimate for relaxing.Purchase all of his music from the 60's and especially the 70s!!!
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