Sample Sunday

Published on May 12th, 2013 | by Queso


Sample Sunday: Lonnie Liston Smith – “A Garden of Peace”

One of our good friends, Nam, introduced this video to me. In it, Ski Beatz explains how he flipped Lonnie Liston Smith’s “A Garden of Peace” into yet another classic Jay-Z track, “Dead Presidents.”

The Sample

Lonnie Liston Smith is an American Jazz, Funk, and Soul musician from Richmond, Virginia. He was born into a musical family, learned piano, tuba and trumpet through high school and college, and graduated from Morgan State University with a Bachelor in Music Education. He began his musical career in 1963, when he moved to New York and played piano in Betty Crocker’s band.

“A Garden of Peace” is from his 1983 album with The Cosmic Echoes, titled Dreams of Tomorrow. Lonnie Liston Smith and the Cosmic Echoes was the first group Mr. Smith formed. It included band members George Barron, Cecil McBee, Joe Beck, David Lee, Sonny Morgan, James MTume, Badal Roy, and Geeta Vashi.

The piano in “A Garden of Peace” is unmistakable. At the beginning of the track, all Reasonable Doubt fans can hear the simple piano melody. The overall track is very peaceful and…well, I’ll let Ski Beatz explain what he did.


The Flip

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