Judging from these seven live tracks, Dr. Lonnie Smith’s celebratory 75th birthday stand at New York’s Jazz Standard this past summer must have been a soulful gas. With his prismatic swirls, dramatic gestures, tidal swells and unforeseen detours, Smith delights in defining the young-at-heart aesthetic.
A variable-intensity trio showcase, All in My Mind touches on low-key beauty with “On a Misty Night,” dabbles with slick suggestions during “Devika” and plays with fire on a rolling and rollicking “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover,” with guest Joe Dyson on drums. Smith artfully controls the dynamic within his band, but there’s a sense of shared responsibility with guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg when it comes to taking the music beyond the horizon. Kreisberg’s guitar, painting darting dark-blue lines against Smith’s polychromatic scrims, is something magical to behold. And regular trio drummer Johnathan Blake, not to be left out of the conversation, proves to be a pure and potent force in the equation.