To quote The Stranger in the film The Big Lebowski (1998), "Sometimes there's a man. I won't say a hero, 'cause what's a hero? Sometimes there's a man, and I'm talkin' about the dude here, sometimes there's a man, well, he's the man for his time and place." In the 21st century, you might nominate Delvon Lamarr as the dude, or his dudeness, or uh, Duder, or El Duderino... You get the drift. The Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio is a band for this time and place. Their third release I Told You So demonstrates that new things have come to light, man.
This Seattle outfit born in the tradition of soul jazz or if you prefer the parlance of our times, jazz funk, previously released Close But No Cigar (2016) and Live at KEXP! (2018), both available on Colemine Records. This studio release pulls together organ trio threads from Medeski, Martin and Wood, Reuben Wilson, Booker T. & the MGs, and Jimmy Smith. We're talking booty shaking party music. The opening track "Hole In One" and "Call Your Mom" features Jimmy James' jang-jang guitar riffs, ones that would fit nicely in James Brown's stage show.
Add to that the sample-ready and funky drum breaks Grant Schroff lends and we have something as old as the 1960/70s, yet as fresh as DJ sampled swag. Lamarr's organ can groove and flash funky, but he also lubricates an effortless melody "Girly Face" and "Careless Whisper." The latter composition written for George Michael and the pop group Wham!. In Lamarr's hands, the banal is transformed into a refreshing ballad. Elsewhere the organ trio oozes danceable funk in "I Don't Know" and "Aces." The addition of guest Ben Bloom on "Right Place, Right Time" creates a tight twoguitar weave around Lamarr's organ and the funky groove is elevated even higher. Everything old is new again, and funkier.
Hole In One; Call Your Mom; Girly Face; From The Streets; Fo Sho; Aces; Careless Whisper; Right Place, Right Time; I Don’t Know.
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