Dutch jazz/dance group Jazzinvaders team up with the legendary organist Lonnie Smith for this kicking new 1o track album that was recorded live in the studio. Lonnie’s Hammond B3 is prominent throughout, but especially on the hard hitting ‘Nelson’ uptempo ‘Mellow Mood’ and ‘Song For Lonnie’. ‘Tie Aim’ and ‘Tastich’ are really nice laid back mid tempo grooves. The storming cover of ‘Little Sunflower’ ft Linda Bloemhard’ on vocals is a real shifter and another highlight. Excellent album for Jazz heads.
The Jazz Invaders here are tighter than ever – and not just because they’ve got some heavy Hammond help from the legendary Lonnie Smith! Smith’s definitely a key part of what makes this album so great – and his organ lines have a sharpness and depth that really stands out from the rest of the group – kind of an extra level of sound that really makes the whole thing sparkle! Yet the group themselves are pretty wonderful too – much more righteous than ever before, going past just a combo who can copy the best jazz modes, into the realm of one that’s more than capable of making some mighty fresh sounds of their own. Linda Bloemhard sings on a few cuts, with this raspy edge that’s pretty cool – but the instrumental push is what really makes the record shine. Titles include “Square Blues”, “Little Sunflower”, “Buzzin”, “Song For Lonnie”, “Tastich”, “Nelson”, “Mellow Mood”, and “Tie Am”.
What an amazing sounding album and with the Hammond master alongside nothing can go wrong. In love with this production!
Spectacular release. Great mixture of grooves around Dr. Lonnie Smith that sets the place on FIYAH. RESPECT!
The result of this collaboration is amazing, the connection between the rootz jazz sound of Jazzinvaders and the jazz legend Lonnie Smith works perfectly and the result is dancefloor friendly too. Dancefloor jazz with a sense of the classic Blue Note sound that meets middle euro jazz extensions, even it is about afro, boogaloo or anything else. When the vocalist Linda Bloemhard comes in, it feels like I hear 4 Hero in jazz sessions. Doctor Lonnies Hammond makes you lose sense of time, you no longer know whether you’re in the 60’s, 70’s or in present times. Fave track ‘’No Cure’’.