Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes - Visions Of A New World (1975)

Perhaps more infamous (in a good way) for his keyboard work with sax god Pharaoh Sanders, fans of old school chillout music in the jazz spectrum would find much to love in Lonnie Liston Smith's vast body of solo work, and nowhere is the man's concoction of Bossa Nova, spacey funk, ambient, jazz and World elements so brilliant and organic as 1975's Visions Of A New World.

Every track here is, as Charlie Sheen has proclaimed on more than one occasion, "winning". Opening shot 'A Chance For Peace' breeds a tempestuous proto-disco space waltz with Smith's mindbending keyboarding, while 'Colors Of The Rainbow' gives his mentor Pharoah Sanders's 'Colors' from 1969's Karma the samba treatment with much finesse and gorgeousness.  The real pleasure of the album comes from its three piano/Bossa Nova hybrids 'Love Beams', 'Summer Nights' and 'Sunset' though: they're so beautiful that the experience of listening to them will feel like a 100K massage to the mind and soul.

Classic classic classic.
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