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Lonnie Smith – 1977 – Funk Reaction

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Great Jazz funk album, ‘Funk Reaction’ was one of the best albums released on LRC.

Relaxed Jazz Funk grooves such as ‘When The Night Is Right’ and ‘It’s Changed’ vie with funkier instrumentals like ‘For The Love Of It’ and ‘Babbitt’s Other Song’.

Funk Reaction’ was also a popular Disco cut.

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A sweet 70s groover from the great Lonnie Smith – a soulful little session that has the keyboardist really stretching out in some great ways! At the time, Smith fares a lot better than some of his late 60s jazz organ contemporaries – as he’s got a great lean style, perfect for the decade’s increasing use of electric keyboards and larger backings! This set’s a great example of that style – as Smith moves way from his 60s soul jazz roots, into the soaring blend of jazz, funk, and soul that you’d also hear on Johnny Hammond albums of the time – almost more soul than jazz, given the presence of vocals on some cuts – but still always with more than enough room for the leader to stretch out and solo. Backings are nice and tight – and handled by Brad Baker (of B Baker Chocolate Company fame).

Not to be confused with Lonnie Liston Smith , Dr. Lonnie Smith is an accomplished pianist and prominent jazz keyboardist, specializing in the Hammond B3 Organ.

He tours extensively and has played alongside many of the world’s jazz and rhythm n blues greats, such as Dizzy Gillespie, Grover Washington, Jr., Ron Carter, Lou Donaldson, Jimmy McGriff, Jimmy Scott, Frank Foster, Leon Thomas, Willis Jackson, Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick, Etta James, Esther Phillips, The Impressions and The Coasters, to name but a few.