Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio – Close but No Cigar (2018)

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio - Close but No Cigar (2018)
Artist: Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio
Album: Close but No Cigar
Label: Colemine Records
Year Of Release: 2018
Quality: FLAC (tracks)

01 – Concussion
02 – Little Booker T
03 – Ain’t It Funky Now
04 – Close but No Cigar
05 – Memphis
06 – Al Greenery
07 – Can I Change My Mind
08 – Between the Mayo and the Mustard
09 – Raymond Brings the Greens
10 – Walk on By


We’re not sure of the back-story of Devlon Lamarr’s eponymous trio, but this debut album for Colemine is an absolute killer. Lamarr is a virtuoso organist, and it’s jammed-out Hammond organ and electric piano solos that naturally take centre stage throughout. That said, both drummer David McGraw and guitarist Jimmy James play their part throughout, with the former’s ambidextrous fills and the latter’s raw licks also catching the ear throughout. Musically, the tracks range from Meters-style heavy funk and lounge soul workouts to a range of cuts more heavily influenced by the blues of John Lee Hooker and the similarly instrumental brilliance of Booker T and the MGs.

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