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Friday, June 27, 2014

Lonnie Liston Smith @ Hoochie Coochie June 26

Lonnie Liston Smith (keys/vcl); Tabitha Pearson (vcl); Samir Moulay (gtr); Gary Grainger (bs); Greg Grainger (dms).
(Review by Lance/photo top right by Joe Boss Fowler).

This was one of those fantastic nights where I didn't bother making notes but just let the sound waft over me - like a Force 9 'wafts'! And what a waft of sound! Full on and totally integrated. 
Amazing drummer, brilliant guitar soloist and a bass guitarist whose middle name is surely GOD! Lonnie Liston didn't sing but Tabitha Pearson did and how! Tabitha has a range that reaches up into the rafters and beyond to an area where only dogs can hear - lucky dogs! Elsewhere, I've read of comparisions with Minnie Ripperton but Tabitha is earthier than Minnie whilst working in the same incredible compass.
As for Lonnie, what can one say except that he got some great sounds from the two keyboards and fully justified his starring role.
But this wasn't about five people, it was about six.
Warren Thomson, the guy who makes things happen at Hoochie...
Lance

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