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Delvon LaMarr Organ Trio: Close But No Cigar

Delvon

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UK release date 02.04.2018

If you are not acquainted with the heavy blessedness an Organ Trio can give, here's a great opportunity to dive in. In the right hands it's a deadly combination and Delvon and the lads evoke a terrific atmosphere and it only deepens as the tracks progress on this rather sterling platter.

Delvon's deft touches David McGraw's motoric drums and Jimmy James' inimitable retro skanky guitar skills reign throughout. La Marr (well aware of the organ's fearsome power) holds it in check, emanating great warmth and delicacy from the instrument.

The programme mixes originals with choice covers such as a very slinky version of Grant Green's "Ain't It Funky Now" which somehow turns out to be more funkier than the original!

The way the musicians interact as a unit, brings to mind the classic organ ensembles of the fifties. This is just excellent music fresh sounding and vital. "Al Greenery" is a masterstroke and sounds like an outtake from Hi Records waiting for the soul serenader to appear - a soul jazz eulogy, which this album pretty much is, so spark up a fat one and get real close to this there's plenty of grits and gravy here...
Words Emrys Baird

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