Drives (Lonnie Smith album)

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Studio album by Lonnie Smith
Released 1970
Recorded January 2, 1970
Genre Jazz
Length 35:46
Label Blue Note
Producer Francis Wolff
Lonnie Smith chronology
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Drives is an album by American organist Lonnie Smith recorded in 1970 and released on the Blue Note label.[1]


The Allmusic review by Ron Wynn awarded the album 4 stars and stated "Lonnie Smith had the raw skills, imagination, and versatility to play burning originals, bluesy covers of R&B and pop, or skillful adaptations of conventional jazz pieces and show tunes. Why he never established himself as a consistent performer remains a mystery, but this 1970 reissue shows why he excited so many people during his rise".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Lonnie Smith except as indicated
  1. "Twenty-Five Miles" - 5:36
  2. "Spinning Wheel" (David Clayton-Thomas) - 7:30
  3. "Seven Steps to Heaven" (Miles Davis, Victor Feldman) - 5:43
  4. "Psychedelic Pi" - 6:30
  5. "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (Don Kirkpatrick, Keith Knox) - 10:46
  • Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on January 2, 1970


Uses in other media[edit]

Alternative hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest sampled the drum break to Smith's cover of "Spinning Wheel" in their 1990 song "Can I Kick It?", off their album People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm.


  1. ^ Blue Note Records discography accessed November 24, 2010
  2. ^ a b Wynn, R. Allmusic Review accessed November 24, 2010