Dr. Lonnie Smith's latest Palmetto Records release, Spiral
, goes to #1 on the Jazz Week chart. JazzWeek is the definitive Jazz national radio airplay chart--a weekly report of the top fifty Jazz recordings played on radio stations across the United States and Canada.
All About Jazz reviews Spiral
Vitality and age might be normally be at odds with one another, but not when discussing Dr. Lonnie Smith--the inimitable organ shaman of the modern soul-jazz epoch. Whether turning in clever takes on the music of indie rocker Beck, recasting familiar standards in his organic organ mold or shaping his own compositions to his liking, Smith never seems to be short on ideas. He furthers the traditional role of the organ in small-group jazz and puts a modern slant on things, giving the music a unique character that is also immediately accessible. [ Continue... ]