by Dr. Lonnie Smith


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Think!, organist Lonnie Smith's 1968 sophomore effort for Blue Note, is easily one of the strongest dates the Hammond B-3 master would produce for the label. Featuring a stellar group of musicians including trumpeter Lee Morgan, tenor saxophonist David Newman, guitarist Melvin Sparks, and drummer Marion Booker, Jr., as well as a three-member Afro-Latin percussion unit led by Henry "Pucho" Brown, Think! is a perfect mix of funky soul and forward-thinking jazz. Kicking things off with Hugh Masekela's instantly memorable "Son of Ice Bag," both Sparks and Newman take searching funk-flow solos while Morgan seems to be remembering a certain Masekela lick he dug. Similarly expansive is the epic and frenetic Afro bliss-out "The Call of the Wild," which finds Newman in a heady, bluesy organ jam freak-out set against "Pucho" Brown's torrid Latin rhythms and Sparks' nasty repeto-funk guitar riff. By the time you get to the title track and realize "Oh, it's that "Think," all you can do is laugh at the utter hipness of it all and take pleasure in the notion that the album is only half over. [The Rudy Van Gelder Edition of Think! features remastered sound by original producer Van Gelder, significantly improving the overall sound quality over the original release.]

Product Details

Release Date: 08/02/2005
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0724356384323
catalogNumber: 63843
Rank: 48777

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lonnie Smith   Primary Artist,Organ,Guitar,Vocals
Lee Morgan   Trumpet
Melvin Sparks   Guitar
Billy Bivens   Conga
Marion Booker   Drums
Henry Brown   Timbales
David "Fathead" Newman   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Noberto Apellaniz   Percussion,Conga
William Bivens   Percussion,Conga
Pucho   Timbales
Willie Bivins   Percussion,Conga
Henry "Pucho" Brown   Timbales
Norberto Apellaniz   Percussion,Conga

Technical Credits

Micaela Boland   Art Direction
Michael Cuscuna   Reissue Producer
Dave Sanders   Engineer
Lonnie Smith   Composer
Francis Wolff   Producer,Audio Production,Cover Photo
Bob Blumenthal   Liner Notes
Traditional   Composer
A.J. Franklyn   Composer
Rhett Evers   Liner Notes

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