Lonnie Liston Smith – “Bridge Through Time”

Bruh, Lonnie Liston Smith‘s got HEAT!

Jazz and funk veteran Lonnie Liston Smith has been in the cut since the early 1960s, establishing his keyboard chops while working with jazz greats like Art BlakeyMax RoachPharoah Sanders, and even Miles Davis. In the early ’70s Smith embarked on his own, forming his band The Cosmic Echoes and jumping off into more experimental jazz fusion, soul, and funk for the rest of the decade and beyond. Smith’s output throughout the ’70s and ’80s was notable, with his music finding crossover success. His work also found a welcome home in hip-hop as well, as several of his songs have been sampled by artists like Jay ZDigable Planets, and Chance the Rapper. Smith also collaborated with Guru‘s (of Gang Starr fame) for the emcee’s Jazzmatazz series. So yeah, even if you don’t know his name, there’s a chance you’ve heard Smith’s work.

From his 1980 record, Love Is The Answer, “Bridge Through Time” is a subtle masterpiece. That intro with the authoritative bass and finger snaps gives me chills, and the rest of the listen brings just the right amount of funk. Dig that guitar work on the back half, absolutely serene! This song is smooth as hell, like a sunny Sunday afternoon in your drop-top Caddy, heading to the cookout. Easy and breezy like a mug!