Dr. Lonnie Smith stands tall as the foremost master of the Hammond B-3 organ. At the age of 75, he is a paragon of innovation and experimentation. The 2017 NEA Jazz Master may consider himself old school, but Smith paints new hues on the canvas of tradition, as evidenced on his spirited recent live album All in My Mind. The album is his second for Blue Note since his 2016 return to the legendary label where he made a name for himself in the late 1960s, as a sideman and as a leader with his own soul-jazz classics.
“Dr. Lonnie Smith returns to the Blue Note label with an album that reveals the enduring appeal of organ soul…[Smith] showcases a variety of organ-soul stylings [and] demonstrates the versatility and currency of the style.” — The Wall Street Journal
“He really seems to be up to something bigger than music, and older, and deeper. An hour and a quarter in his presence, and you start thinking about the nature of time…” – The New York Times
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