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Dr. Lonnie Smith (Organ): Move Your Hand

Album Notes

Personnel: Lonnie Smith (vocals, organ); Rudy Jones (tenor saxophone); Ronnie Cuber (baritone saxophone); Larry McGee (guitar); Sylvester Goshay (drums).

Recorded live at Club Harlem, Atlantic City, New Jersey on August 9, 1969. Originally released on Blue Note (BST 84326). Includes original release liner notes by Francis Wolff.

This is part of Blue Note's Rare Groove series.

The reissue of MOVE YOUR HAND includes "Dancin' In An Easy Groove," which was recorded at the same show as the other tracks but not included in the original release.

Move Your Hand was recorded live at Club Harlem in Atlantic City on August 9, 1969. Organist Lonnie Smith led a small combo -- featuring guitarist Larry McGee, tenor saxist Rudy Jones, bari saxist Ronnie Cuber, and drummer Sylvester Goshay -- through a set that alternated originals with two pop covers, the Coasters' "Charlie Brown" and Donovan's "Sunshine Superman." Throughout, the band works a relaxed, bluesy, and, above all, funky rhythm; they abandon improvisation and melody for a steady groove, so much that the hooks of the two pop hits aren't recognizable until a few minutes into the track. No one player stands out, but Move Your Hand is thoroughly enjoyable, primarily because the group never lets their momentum sag throughout the session. Though the sound of the record might be somewhat dated, the essential funk of the album remains vital. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine


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