We chatted to notable tastemaker Gilles Peterson about what cosmic jazz legend Lonnie Liston Smith‘s music meant to him while growing up. Alongside his experiences with fellow cosmic jazzologist Sun-Ra in the 1960s, Lonnie’s spiritual music has been deeply influential on all other musical trends that we now know and love. Celebrating forty years since the birth of Expansions, Gilles speaks of the power of the seminal release, and of his excitement to be reincarnating the original record’s magic with a live ensemble and Lonnie himself this Easter Monday!
Gilles and Lonnie play together for the Cosmic Expansions show, curated by Stamp The Wax. This forms part of the Bristol leg of Red Bull Music Academy’s UK Tour, and will take place in Bristol Planetarium.