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Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio “I Told You So” (Colemine Records)

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio “I Told You So” (Colemine Records)

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UK release date 12.02.2021

Heavy Hammond exponents Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio come up trumps and hit the ground running with this, their sophomore album, "I Told You So". This mighty fine collection of moves and grooves sees the band stretching out their brand of soul-jazz fusion jams deeper into their territory, yet maintain the essential soul and joyous nature of the band.

The rock-solid drumming and no fuss, no frills (still in the greasy pocket approach) glues Jimmy James, stank ridden guitar to the fluid organ brilliance of Delvon Lamarr perfectly. This is a well-honed machine and we at B&S have been banging on about them for several years and have championed them and their gigs, especially at the Jazz Cafe London last year. So it is refreshing to hear they have upped their already considerable game with this new exciting offering.

The art of an instrumental outfit is to keep the listener engaged and offer some variation. It is all there in the various mixed rhythmic interplay on individual tracks. The ghost of James Brown, Jimmy Nolen and Jabba Starks can be heard on the bouncy opener "Hole In One" and the Meters influence is not far away on "Fo Sho" and "Call Your Mum", a minor funk blues roustabout, with two heaped tablespoons of soul thrown into the mix. Jimmy James measured and melodic guitar with its trademarked heavy-spring reverbed sound, leads proceedings majestically and his tremolo guitar on "From The Streets" emphasises all of this sweetly. He also likes to freak out too, check his solo on "Aces".

Dan Weiss exercises restraint in an Al Jackson way, giving tunes a kind of hip-hop feel - this is dope drumming and to be applauded. Surprise cover is Careless Whisper! Somehow they transcend themselves and turn this into a soul-jazz classic, which is no mean feat. Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio are back with an almighty bang and on the verge of cracking the mainstream.
Words Emrys Baird

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