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O'Donel Levy - Simba

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Spellbinding, funk fuelled soul-jazz
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Proudly presenting a new series of Mr Bongo reissues exploring the incredible back catalogue of Sonny Lester's iconic Groove Merchant record label. Classic 70's funky soul-jazz goodness by the guitar maestro O'Donel Levy. Produced by Sonny Lester and featuring a who's who list of 70's session players. 

 

Baltimore-born, Levy was already well regarded as one of the best up-and-coming jazz guitarists at the time of Simba's release. Having toured with George Benson and Jimmy McGriff, as well as featuring on McGriff's Black Pearl album on Blue Note, he went on to sign with Sonny Lester's Groove Merchant. Produced by Lester himself and recorded over two back- to- back days of sessions in 1973, Simba features a who's who of '70s session players. The album features the legendary studio drummer Steve Gadd, Cecil Bridgewater on Flugelhorn, bass by Tony Levin and arrangements by Manny Albam.

 

A masterclass in tight yet effortlessly funk-driven rhythms, the tracks showcase these musicians at their zenith. Album opener 'Bad, Bad, Simba' wouldn't have been out of place on a Lalo Schifrin '70s car chase soundtrack. Levy's playing is brilliant, bright and slick, with an infectiously exuberant energy that is complimented perfectly by Gadd's supreme drumming. 'Playhouse' serves up another vibrant offering, Wah Wah guitars, horns and flutes duelling it out in a fast-paced fashion.

Tracklisting

1. Bad, Bad, Simba
2. Kilimanjaro Cookout
3. Playhouse
4. Sierra Lonely
5. Sad, Sad, Simba
6. Joni
7. Nigerian Knights

Release Info

Release Date: 23rd February 2024
Format: LP, CD
Label: Mr Bongo

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