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Move Your Hand [Vinyl]


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  • Vinyl (March 5, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Emd/Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002TUA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,119,352 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Charlie Brown [Live]
2. Layin' in the Cut [Live]
3. Move Your Hand [Live]
4. Sunshine Superman [Live]
5. Dancin' in an Easy Groove [Live]

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This is an album that always remains by the stereo, mainly in it.
Martin Friedrich
This is a great album by one of my favorite soul-funk-jazz artists, but LIVE at CLUB MOZAMBIQUE is better.
Daddy-o
This is Lonnie Smith at his funky best, and clearly proves why he is one of the kings Of The Hammond B-3!
Mr. Nightshift

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Currie-Knight TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 10, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Anyone that has listened to Lonnie Smith should know that Dr. Smith is at his best when performing the slow and grinding ilk of funk. While his album "Live at Club Mozambique" is a great and funky disc, it tends towards the faster and more energized groves; it only gives us a taste of the grinding slow stuff. This album, however, gives us a lot more of the slow grinders that Dr. Smith is rightly known for.

The two best tracks on this disc, then, are "Layin' in the Cut" and the "extra," track, "Dancin' in an Easy Groove." These tracks have two of the most fun grooves I've heard and find the band laying back quite a bit. "Move Your Hand" is at a middle-of-the-road tempo but all the while has the same type of grinding groove to it, with more of a James Brown "Hotpants" flavor. The other two tracks, "Charlie Brown" and and "Sunshine Superman" - both of them covers - serve as welcome counterpoints to the slower grooves - both tracks being a bit faster, more energetic, and posessing standard blues chord changes.

The only thing I can say against the CD is that the musicianship tends to be a bit sloppier than I'd like. The drummer in particular makes some huge gaff ending fills a bit hesitantly, and most noticeably, speeding up quite a bit on a few tracks. The soloists at times get a tad bit boring as some of the soloing consists more of 'diddling around' episodically on the instrument than actually playing a connected and melodic solo.

But of this, I cannot complain too terribly much and can only deduct one star. The grooves this disc provides is more than enough to rave about.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Eddie Landsberg VINE VOICE on January 28, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Yes, this is Lonnie Smith at his funkiest.
A great 1970 session... Lou Donaldson protege Lonnie Smith was actually beating out Jimmy Smith in the Downbeat Polls as Best Organist at that time... Today (2001), Lonnie Smith has traded in the Cowboy hat for a turban, is back with Lou (sometimes tours with McGriff) and can often be heard playing stunning ballads and blues (but will still get VERY funky when called upon), but at the heyday of the era, he made the right move teaming up with baritone sax player Ronnie Cuber adding even more funky bottom to the groove.
Just as Lou Donaldson's albums broke loose of many blues cliches a few years before, introducing a new funky boogaloo rhythm into Jazz, Lonnie breaks free of the boogaloo funk cliche's of the '60s and absorbs the funk of JB and then contemporary black radio. In fact, this is probably the least dated B3 CD of that era. He even does a bit of singing visa vis the enormously funky "Move Your Hand" which could of just as easily been taken up by George Clinton and P-Funk.
Cool, Funky and Groovin', this CD along with Jimmy Smith's ROOT DOWN and Lou Donaldson's Midnight Creeper are definitely top picks for the true Hammond B-3 funkateer.
When the heck is Blue Note going to re-reissue Reuben Wilson's BLUE MODE ??????????????
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daddy-o on November 25, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is a great album by one of my favorite soul-funk-jazz artists, but LIVE at CLUB MOZAMBIQUE is better. The volume on MOVE YOUR HAND is really low and where is the funky drums?? I really think the band was tighter and more in the pocket at Mozambique. George Benson on guitar and Joe Dukes on drums makes all the difference. I wouldn't want to be without Move Your Hand, but I am glad I got Live @ C.M. first. Oh by the way, thats not a woman singing on the title cut (like some have suggested)thats the man himself- LONNIE SMITH!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Martin Friedrich on December 8, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Lonnie Smith's greatest album. Lonnie Smith not Lonnie Liston Smith whom many people mistake him for. Both of these artists play the Hammond organ, but Lonnie Smith is far superior. Lonnie has that essential groove that remains through the whole album. Right from the first track you realise you are on one of Blue notes very special albums. "Charlie Brown" sets the scene while "Layin in the Cut" builds up the pace to an awe inspiring state on one of the greatest groove organ tracks I have ever heard. On the Title track "Move Your Hand" Lonnie matches his organ brilliance with unique heart felt vocals. On "Sunshine Superman" Lonnie continues the saga. The man is backed by awesome performances on guitar by Larry Mcgee and Rudy Jones on Tenor Saxaphone as well as many other musicians also giving excellent performances. This is an album that always remains by the stereo, mainly in it. You will always return to it. This is the exact music you would want to listen to in your favourite bar with dim lights a groovy armosphere and your favourite drink in your hand......Superb
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Even after 40 (Forty) years this is STILL a favorite among lovers of Funky Jazz, Organ Combos or as I call it Bar-B-Q Jazz! The 'Original' Vinyl edition had 4 (Four) Tracks, but on this Expanded Compact Edition you get a Bonus Track Entitled: "Dancin' To An Easy Groove". ALL of the Tracks here were recorded 'Live' at Club Harlem in Atlantic City, New Jersey. This is Lonnie Smith at his funky best, and clearly proves why he is one of the kings Of The Hammond B-3! Every Cut is a Stone-Soul-Groover! The ring leader tucked away on this project was the Title cut: "Move Your Hand". This was the 'Sleeper' from this album...Once Jazz Radio started getting more and more requets for it to be played carried the Album sells well into the Mid 70's! Now the funny thing about this absolutly funky track is that Lonnie Smith took a stab at singing on this track!, and damn near everybody thought it was a Female Vocalist! Even to this day I had a customer who ordered this, and he said "Whoever that Female was that sung on lonnie smith's "Move your Hand" can sing her butt off!!!"...I had to be the bearer of bad news to tell him who it is. If you enjoy this Album you would want to pick up the "Live At Club Mozambique", an Unreleased 'Live' album recorded in May of 1970! But not released until 1995! This album is just as funky (If not funkier) as the "Move Your Hand" album! Oh!, I forgot to mention Lonnie takes another stab at singing again on a few tracks...It worked once, so why not try it again??? Like saying goes "If It Ain't Broke...Don't fix It"
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