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Expansions (1974) - Lonnie Liston Smith & the Cosmic Echoes [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]


, Flying Dutchman 1975/RCA: 'Expansions' was the closest Smith had to a hit. Smith turns the African percussion and spacey influences into calm but light jazz funk. http://members.aol.com/ilebaba/adeleke/discsmith.html


This particular album really brought Lonnie Liston Smith and the Cosmic Echoes to the forefront of the "commercial " jazz scene in 1975. The infectious bass line and percussion interplay with the bongo and triangle still gets folks to groovin' here in [today]. Lonnie's brother Donald does his smooth vocals, Cecil McBee on bass, Lawrence Killian and Leopoldo on percussion along with Michael Carvin, Freddy Hubbard's brother David on reeds, and Art Gore's driving drumbeats, made EXPANSIONS a Jazz -fusion classic.

1. Expansions - The monster dance floor hit that first exposed the genius of Lonnie Liston Smith & the Cosmic Echoes to a massive pop audience. Jazz funk with a message…..."Expand your mind to understand, we all must live in peace todaaaaaay…Extend your hand to help the plan of love to all mankind……."

On Thu, 12 Mar 1998 Gareth_Pidgeon wrote to the Acid Jazz music list:

Has anyone heard this Scott Grooves Featuring Roy Ayers single on Soma Records ? Apparently its a house music cover of Expansions by Lonnie Liston Smith.

Keep your eyes open for Sandy Riviera's version of the same (Expansions '97 on Remedie records) and an other few years old house cover of this classic by (if i remember right) Lenny Fontana.



Expansions forms the backbone for Stetsasonic's hip hop classic "Talkin All That Jazz"

Expansions (1974) - Lonnie Liston Smith & the Cosmic Echoes

Expansions (1974) - Lonnie Liston Smith & the Cosmic Echoes [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

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