Thursday, March 24, 2022

Album Review: Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio - Cold As Weiss

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio
Cold As Weiss
*** out of *****

The newest release from the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio is a slice of retro smooth soul and funky bumping jazz as the band recall the mid seventies Jimmy Smith sound around Lamarr's B3. The album is the first with new drummer Dan Weiss who lends his name to the punny title, Cold as Weiss

The chicken scratchy guitar and slapping drums support Lamarr as his organ flourishes lead the way on opener "Pull Your Pants Up"; the funky beats spill out with ease. The groove takes center stage as Lamarr's organ substitutes for bass on "Don't Worry 'Bout What I Do" which contains a warbling guitar solo from Jimmy James while "I Wanna Be Where You Are" sounds like a theme song to a super hip 70's TV show with dynamite drumming from Weiss. 

The blues vamping of "Big TT's Blues" runs on too long, a reoccurring issue for a few of these instrumental outings, but better is the slick "Get Da Steppin'" which delivers cool interchanges from the trio. The band gets smooth for the ice cold "Uncertainty" and then amp up that vibe for the highlight outing on the album "Slip 'N' Slide" which filters down what the band does best into two and half minutes of goodness. 

The choppy "Apache" inspired funk of "Keep On Keepin' On" does what the title promises as the party rolls on while album closer "This Is Who I Is" stretches out and gets jammy with wah-wah and psychedelia as James channels a touch of Jimi HendrixCold As Weiss is a relaxed run through of easy flowing funk, jazz and soul as the DLO3 let loose with their retro vibe and expressive interplay. 
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