Dr. Lonnie Smith

Aug. 30
7 p.m.
Jazz, R&B, Singer-Songwriter, Soul

In 2016 Dr. Lonnie Smith issued his first album on Blue Note in 45 years, Evolution, returning with a flourish to the label where he established his reputation in the ’60s. Smith is a virtuoso magician of the Hammond B-3 organ, a physician of slippery soul-jazz grooves, funky rhythms, and marvelous melodies. Evolution essentially puts Smith’s career in contemporary context. Expanding his usual trio with guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg and drummer Johnathan Blake, Smith reinvigorates old and new nuggets with a muscled-up band featuring horns and second drummer Joe Dyson. Robert Glasper adds sparkling piano to a furiously funky “Play It Back.” Tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano guests on the sultry “Afrodesia,” which he originally played with Smith in the ’70s. Smith returns to the trio format (also the Dakota setup) for fresh takes on the standards “Straight No Chaser” and “My Favorite Things.”