Lonnie Liston Smith Tour Dates
Keyboardist, composer and vocalist Smith started out playing straight-ahead acoustic jazz before becoming better known for embracing fusion, crossover, soul and funk with his 1970s band, The Cosmic Echoes. Greatly influenced by McCoy Tyner's dynamic approach, but quite distinctive himself, he played acoustic piano as a sideman for Pharoah Sanders, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Betty Carter and Gato Barbieri but turned to fusion when Miles Davis hired him as an electric keyboardist in the early 1970s. By 1973 Smith was ready to lead a band of his own and formed The Cosmic Echoes with his brother, singer Donald Smith.
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