Lonnie Liston Smith & the Cosmic Echoes – Expansions (Flying Dutchman RCA – SF8434)

While it’s not always true, the chances are that if the cover’s cool, the album’s gonna be cool as well (and even more so if you’ve got Bob Thiele to produce and Nat Hentoff to do your liner notes). It was certainly true of this funky spiritual jazz Lp by former Miles Davis and Pharoah Sanders sideman Lonnie Liston Smith. While it’s much slicker, breezier and more rhythmically rich, there’s a whiff of Alice Coltrane circa Journey to Satchidananda on Expansions–maybe it’s the vaguely middle eastern inspired solos. There are also a couple vocal tracks urging the listener to “expand your mind” and so on which I have to imagine must have sounded a bit threadbare by 1975, though I’m not sure if it was just mind expansion Smith had in mind:  “[M]any thanks to the Creator for all the beautiful women in the galaxy,” reads his dedication. “Their inspiration enhanced the creation of this album.”

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Published in: on February 6, 2011 at 11:17 am  Comments (4)  

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  1. i’d buy that for a dollar!

  2. By today’s exchange rate, it would be $1.58. Still interested?

  3. Lucky lucky lucky. I have “Expansions” on 12″ from back in the day. When people derided “Disco” they didn’t know they could hear this in the more discerning ones.

  4. […] from the same crate as this Lonnie Smith record, London Underground make even more explicit its desire to reach out to the rock audience. A […]


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