LONNIE LISTON SMITH AND THE COSMIC ECHOES Astral Traveling (Limited Blue “Eternity” Vinyl Edition) LP
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  • Keyboardist and Composer Lonnie Liston Smith Is One of the Most Distinguished Alumni of Miles Davis’ Hallowed Fusion Bands

  • In Five Albums Spanning Four Years, Smith and His Band The Cosmic Echoes Stretched Davis’ Stylistic Breakthrough to Encompass the Post-Bop Modal and Spiritual Jazz, Funk, Rock, Pop, and Even Smooth Jazz and Quiet Storm Genres

  • No Matter What the Style, Smith Imbued Everything
    He Recorded with Integrity, Vision, and His Unique Spacy Sensibility

  • His First Two Records for Bob Thiele’s Flying Dutchman Label Remain Landmarks in “Post-Fusion” Jazz, and Have Proven Hugely Influential (e.g. Kamasi Washington)

  • Both Produced by Former John Coltrane and Impulse! Label Producer Thiele (A Love Supreme)

  • 1973’s Astral Traveling Was Smith’s Debut as a Bandleader

  • Featured a Killer Band of Cecil McBee on Bass, George Barron on Sax, James Mtume and Sonny Morgan on Percussion, David Lee, Jr. on Drums, Badal Roy on Tabla, Geeta Vashi on Tamboura, and Joe Beck on Guitar

  • Included a Version of “Let Us Go into the House of the Lord,” Which Smith First Adapted for Pharaoh Sanders’ 1970 Album Summun Bukmun Umyun

  • First Vinyl Pressing Since the Late ‘70s

  • Original Gatefold Album Art

  • Blue “Eternity” Vinyl Limited to 1000 Copies


    Lonnie Liston Smith and The Cosmic Echoes: Astral Traveling (Limited Blue “Eternity” Vinyl Edition) LP

    For his 1973 debut album as a bandleader, Lonnie Liston Smith assembled a killer band of Cecil McBee on bass, George Barron on sax, James Mtume and Sonny Morgan on percussion, David Lee, Jr. on drums, Badal Roy on table, Geeta Vashi on tamboura, and Joe Beck on guitar. Such a multifaceted ensemble was perfectly suited to explore the spiritual jazz that Smith had encountered while playing with Pharoah Sanders  (“Let Us Go into the House of the Lord” appears here and on Sanders’ 1970 album Summun Bukmun Umyunwhich featured Smith), all presided over by Flying Dutchman label owner and former John Coltrane producer Bob Thiele. For its first vinyl pressing since the late ‘70s, we’ve re-created the original gatefold artwork with Nat Hentoff’s liner notes, and pressed up 1000 copies in limited edition blue “eternity” vinyl. One of the great jazz albums of its era!


    Side One

    1. Astral Traveling
    2. Let Us Go into the House of the Lord

    3. Rejuvenation

    Side Two

    1. I Mani (Faith)
    2. In Search of Truth

    3. Aspirations

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