Review about the CD reissue of Lonnie Smith's "Mama Wailer" (reissue supervised by Arnaldo DeSouteiro) written by Thom Jurek for the All Music Guide (AMG) website.
Dr. Lonnie Smith's Mama Wailer is one of the quintessential sides issued by Creed Taylor's CTI/Kudu imprint. Out of print for decades on LP, in 2001 it became available again in Japan as a beautifully remastered CD — as part of King's ambitious reissue project of all things Kudu. Uncharacteristically, Smith played clavinet as well as organ on this set, and arranged all but one track. The rest of the band was comprised of Billy Cobham, Ron Carter, Chuck Rainey, Grover Washington, Jr., Airto, Jimmy Ponder, George Davis, and others.