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The Art Of Organizing

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Brace yourselves for The Art of Organizing, the very first appearance on Criss Cross by organ master Dr. Lonnie Smith. Guitarist Peter Bernstein and Billy Drummond, one of the more prolific and sensitive drummers of our time, completes the lineup. From his early days with George Benson and Lou Donaldson to the present day, Dr. Lonnie Smith has always been a driving force in jazz. The Art of Organizing, featuring Smith and trio on standards and a batch of strong new originals, is another contribution that will remain timeless.


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  2. My Little Suede Shoes 7:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. This Ain't Right 9:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  7. Night Song11:16Album Only
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 22, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Criss Cross
  • ASIN: B002G5FLSS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #505,838 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tim Niland on November 26, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Recorded in New York City in 1993, it is surprising that this fine set of burners and blues had to wait so long to be released. The group, consisting of Dr. Lonnie Smith on organ, Peter Bernstein on guitar and Ray Drummond on drums was performing together regularly at the time and that experience certainly paid off. Lonnie Smith is not a flashy musician, he never tries to dominate the instrument or the performance. He has an amazing level of dexterity at the keyboard and bass pedals. Strong slabs of organ on "This Ain't Right" build a massive groove and a deep bluesy pocket. Bernstein is an ideal partner with crisp complementing and fluid soloing. "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" is a subtle ballad with nice brushwork from Drummond. Patient guitar playing and funeral parlor organ keep the mood blue. "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise" has a fast fluid guitar feature and locomotive yet subtle drumming keeps it and Smith's organ moving inexorably forward. There is nice rhythmic percussion and strong Grant Green like guitar supported by swells of organ on "Turning Point" before moving into deeply grooving organ led trio section. Drummond is the key to this album, the pivot point which the others turn around. "Night Song" is a mid-tempo spacious blues stretching out to allow generous soloing. "Too Damn Hot" wraps things up with a nice swinging trio performance groove. This was a very enjoyable album, I'm partial to organ trio music, but there's nothing generic here, these musicians have developed their own sound and it should appeal to fans of modern mainstream jazz.
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This is one of many great moments in Dr. Lonnie's lengthy career. Masters Peter Bernstein and Bill Drummond back up the Doc on this one and it's wonderful. Peter plays with such feeling and touch, I miss him in Doc's band these days. Billy Drummond provides fantastic grooves. I've seen the Doc with his various trios over the years and this one is high up on the list. This set of music is beautiful and fun.
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5 of 11 people found the following review helpful By BCM on October 16, 2009
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According to the liner notes this 1993 date has been languishing in the vaults due to technical difficulties only the digital age could rescue. I find that hard to believe. Normally Smith is engaging; focused; dramatic but poised and a marvelous foil for his bandmates, especially when the inimitible Peter Bernstein is involved as he is here. But Smith is simply all over the map on this date: not listening to himself OR his bandmates; thrashing hither and yon with aimless runs, poorly placed stop tricks, and even a few missed entrances and bad chords. Bernstein and Drummond do their best to keep it together, but even they sound baffled at what's happening at times. This is one HELL of an off day for the Dr., and I for one would guess he knew it too (thus its belated appearance). Don't bother. I love these players and this label, but this is a DUD that should have stayed on the shelf.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ZolarCzakl on February 5, 2010
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Hey Amazon, the artist here, Dr. Lonnie Smith is a different person from Lonnie Liston Smith. Yes, both play keyboards and are associated with the jazz idiom, but they are two distinct and different artists.
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l. smith not l.l. smith!!
They listened to you gumby909, over 2 months later!
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