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Friday, February 29, 2008

Dr. Lonnie Smith - Zurich 2007

In November I had the pleasure of hearing the Turbanator live - the first time I saw one of those really heavy, fat organists in action (I've seen Larry Goldings before... not bad, but very different in style!). I posted my recording of the event on dime a while ago and mentioned that here, in a previous post. I had a couple of requests to share this show here as well, and I'm happy to have it up on RS by now, in MP3 @ 320 - so here 'tis!

The following is a quote from my earlier post:

Holy smokes! Smith was da shit, as they say!!!!!!!!

The band really got it together in the second (almost 90 minute! the first was more than an hour already) set. They did some standards (Sweet and Lovely, Willow Weep for Me, a beautiful alto feature Harlem Nocturne), the Beatles' Come Together in the funkiest ever version, and several Smith originals - great great music, loud and stinky as that kind of music ought to be! (I did some thinking and I'm quite sure Larry Goldings' Trio was the only organ group I've heard live before... now that was a whole different thing last night!)

The encore closes disc 1, as the second set + encore was too long for one CDR.

The sound rating is conservative, the sound was shitty at the concert, and I think I caught it about as good as possible with my equipment.

For this share, I re-grouped the tracks and the encore is where it belongs (at least in the tags... I notice only now that the info file doesn't reflect that change - if you want to burn this onto CDRs, you'll have to do as the info file and the setlist below shows)


And do let me know what you think about the music I post, I'd appreciate a bit more of feedback, maybe even a bit of discussion now and then!


Dr. Lonnie Smith & The Original Grooves
jazznojazz 2007
Zurich (Switzerland), Theater an der Sihl
November 3, 2007

Dr. Lonnie Smith - organ & voice
Miguel Martinez - alto sax
Martien Oster - guitar
Gijs Dijkhuizen - drums


1. Stage Intro + Dr. Lonnie Smith Warmup (2:14)
2. Sweet and Lovely (Arnheim-LeMare-Tobias) 9:34
3. Back Track (Smith) 16:29
4. The Whip (Smith) > Ann MO (17:57)
5. unknown > Ann MO (8:25)
6. Scream (Smith) 12:55

Encore from Set2
7. unknown (11:15)


1. Applause + Warmup (0:55)
2. Willow Weep for Me (Ann Ronell) 22:32 >
3. Mambo (George Shearing) > Ann MO (18:52)
4. Harlem Nocturne (Earle Hagen) 7:05
5. A Smooth One (Charlie Christian) > Ann MO (10:17)
6. Come Together (Lennon-McCartney) 16:34

TT: 155:09

Sound: B+
Source: audience recording (mono to MD)
Lineage: crappy Sony mic > MD > analogue to HD > Cool Edit Pro > FLAC (8,asb,verify)
Taped, transferred & shared by ubu

This is the complete set, taped from the gallery to the side of the stage (only location where it was possible to tape at all, on the floor it was standing room only and very crowded).
I cut some atmosphere before and some applause after the encore, would have been a bit too long to fit on one disc with set 1, otherwise

Please help identifying CD1#5 and CD1#7 - both are very familiar!


Part 1 / Part 2


Promytheus said...

Hi there,
Thanks for this music!
I've seen twice in Athens dr. he is great.

Art Simon said...

Great! Gotta love that intro "The Doctor is trying out his organ"!