When The Night Is Right (CR 2019)

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When The Night Is Right


CR 2019

LPS 152259

CR 2019



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LP 14,03 €

Great later work from Lonnie Smith – a set that's quite different than his initial Hammond material for Blue Note – but equally excellent in its own sort of way!

The album has Lonnie playing both Fender Rhodes and organ – the former with this sweet, tight groove that's mighty nice – a bit like when Johnny Hammond or Jack McDuff touched the instrument on their own albums from the 70s – with all the chunky, funky qualities learned from their solos on the Hammond.

Production is by Sonny Lester, and the groups here are relatively big, which gives a bit of a blacksploitation funk to the record – but part of the record also has a leaner group with Joe Lovano on tenor, blowing some beautifully extended solos – as well as George Benson on guitar.


  • George Young - (alto sax, flute)
  • Lew Del Gatto (baritone sax, flute)
  • Bob Babbitt, Francisco Centeno, Will Lee - (bass)
  • Alan Schwarzberg, Ben Riley, Jamey Haddad, Rick Marotta - (drums)
  • Fred Griffin - (french horn)
  • George Benson, Jerry Friedman, Lance Quinn, Richie Hohenburger - (guitar)
  • Eddie Daniels, Joe Randazzo, John Sheply, John Frosk, Marvin Stamme - (horns)
  • Lonnie Smith - (keyboards)
  • Jimmy Maelen - (percussion)
  • Yaron Gershovsky - (piano)
  • Joe Lovano (tenor sax)
  • Barry Rodgers, Dave Taylor - (trombone)
  • Alan Rubin, Randy Brecker - (trumpet)


  • SIDE A
  • A1. When The Night Is Right !
  • A2. It's Changed
  • A3. Lean Meat
  • SIDE B
  • B1. Apex
  • B2. Impressions