Album Review: I Told You So by Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio
Excellent, Based on 2 Critics
AllMusic - 80 Based on rating 8/10
In 2015, Seattle-based Hammond B-3 organist Delvon Lamarr was challenged by wife and partner Amy Novo to put together a career-making band; she'd take care of the business end so he could make music. 2018's self-financed live-in-studio debut, Close But No Cigar, and its Colemine follow-up, Live at KEXP, both hit the upper rungs of the national contemporary jazz charts. The band took their heady mix of jazz-funk, blues, R&B, and rock on the road across the U.S.
The trajectory of the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio is proof that talent - and the God-given aptitude towards funk - will out. A soul-jazz three piece rooted in the earthy sound of the Hammond organ, the group's 2016 debut album 'Close But No Cigar' became a word of mouth success, propelled forwards by their incendiary live shows. 'I Told You So' is the official follow up - though 2018's 'Live At KEXP!' set is also highly recommended - and it finds the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio settling back down into studio life.