Abdul Wadud, a cellist who pioneered the use of his instrument as a vehicle for jazz improvisation, died August 10 in Cleveland, Ohio. He was … Read More “Pioneering Cellist Abdul Wadud Dies at 75”
11. Dr. Lonnie Smith Breathe (Blue Note)
Dr. Lonnie Smith kept listeners on the edge of their seats—sometimes pulling off magic tricks at his shows. The now-departed Hammond B-3 master certainly wasn’t a traditionalist, and Breathe, his final album, achieved new vistas. Yet it remained connected to past groove and boogaloo jaunts through “Bright Eyes” and “Pilgrimage,” sung by Alicia Olatuja. What no one predicted was his collaboration with baritone punk survivor Iggy Pop for covers of Timmy Thomas’ “Why Can’t We Live Together” and Donovan’s “Sunshine Superman.” CHRIS J. WALKER
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