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Like Gary Bartz, Lonnie Liston Smith passed through Miles Davis’ ever-changing line-up. Then, in 1973, he created his own entourage, the Cosmic Echoes. The band included James Mtume on drums and Donald Smith on smooth vocals – the result was glorious. The title track of his 1974 long player, ‘Expansions’ starts with a slow infectious bassline, and then builds up through a fusion of some tight percussion, the wah wah guitar and those pianovox keys. It all makes for one of the classic jazz funk tracks, which was brought back into the light in 1998, when Stetsasonic sampled it for their own classic, ‘Talkin’ All That Jazz’. Have a great week.