Dr. Lonnie Smith: Scream
Dr. Lonnie Smith (organ)
Live at Club Mozambique (Blue Note 31880)
Dave Hubbard (tenor sax), Joe Dukes (drums), Gary Jones (conga), Clifford Mack (tambourine).
Recorded: Detroit, MI, May 21, 1970
Rating: 84/100 (learn more)
This live date is one of the more exciting soul-jazz records in the Blue Note catalog. Underappreciated organist Lonnie Smith leads the charge through this extended 18-bar jam, during which all soloists dive headfirst into the blues. Not only will listeners find an array of catchy blues licks, but some fine melodically inspired playing as well. Cuber’s slick and soulful choruses are the highlight, as he displays deft control of his big baritone. Dukes and Jones keep the energy high, layering polyrhythms that allow the groove to remain loose and elastic. Beware—this funk is contagious, but catching it will be worth it.
Reviewer: Matt Leskovic