Astral Traveling: Vinyl LPRLGM13391PMI
Label: Real Gone Music
Release Date: 18th February
For a debut album Lonnie doesn't half take the listener on a spiritual voyage, with the cream of the astral and cosmic jazz crop at helm 'Astral Travelling' was an ambitious and alluring first trip for the legendary jazz-fusion traveller.
For those who dig: Flying Lotus, Kamasi Washington, Roy Ayers, The Blackbyrds, Weldon Irvine, George Duke...
For his 1973 debut album as a bandleader, Lonnie Liston Smith assembled a killer band of Cecil McBee on bass, George Barron on sax, James Mtume and Sonny Morgan on percussion, David Lee, Jr. on drums, Badal Roy on table, Geeta Vashi on tamboura, and Joe Beck on guitar. Such a multifaceted ensemble was perfectly suited to explore the spiritual jazz that Smith had encountered while playing with Pharoah Sanders (“Let Us Go into the House of the Lord” appears here and on Sanders’ 1970 album Summun Bukmun Umyun which featured Smith), all presided over by Flying Dutchman label owner and former John Coltrane producer Bob Thiele. We’ve re-created the original gatefold artwork with Nat Hentoff’s liner notes...one of the great jazz albums of its era!
1. Astral Traveling
2. Let Us Go into the House of the Lord
1. I Mani (Faith)
2. In Search of Truth 3. Aspirations