Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Masters Of Hammond B3: Odell Brown's Odell Brown Plays Otis Redding (1969)

Odell Brown

''Odell Brown Plays Otis Redding''

( LP Cadet Records, 1969 )
Catalog # LPS-823

Odell Elliott Brown Jr., born Louisville, Kentucky 2nd February 1940, died 3 May 2011 in Richfield, Minnesota, USA.
As well as organist and leader of Odell Brown & The Organ-izers, Odell was a "Staff musician" for Chess Records and worked and recorded with the majority of the label's artists.
In 1969, following the death of a band member Tommy Purvis, The Organ-izers was put on hold and Odell recorded a solo album Free Delivery and a further album of instrumental covers of Otis Redding tracks, Odell Brown Plays Otis Redding, on Cadet Records. He then decided not to re-sign to Chess and went on to become an independent song-writer, arranger and conductor, and was musical director / writer for Minnie Riperton, Johnny Nash, Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye
In 1980 Odell co-wrote Sexual Healing with Marvin Gaye.

1 Hard To Handle
2 Try A Little Tenderness
3 Let Me Come Home
4 I've Been Loving You Too Long
5 Any Ole Way
6 Respect
7 Pain In My Heart
8 Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay
9 Good To Me
10 Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)

Format:Vinyl, LP
Ripped from original vinyl copy.



Review by Jason Ankeny (AMG):
After splitting with longtime backing combo the Organ-Izers, Odell Brown teamed with arranger Gene Barge to craft this fitting tribute to fallen soul icon Otis Redding. The all-instrumental set implicitly celebrates Redding the songwriter, not the singer, and Barge's thoughtful large-group charts make sure the music's transition from Memphis R&B to Chicago soul-jazz goes off without a hitch. While Brown delivers some of his funkiest, most inspired Hammond solos on cuts like "Hard to Handle" and "Respect," the overall mood here is more somber than on previous outings -- it's clear Redding's tragic death affected him greatly, and the album channels that grief to create something truly heartfelt.

Main Discography:
As leader:
Odell Brown & The Organ-izers
Raising the Roof (Cadet Records, 1966)
Mellow Yellow (Cadet, 1967)
Ducky (Cadet, 1967)
The Weight / Think About It (Cadet, 1968) Non-LP 7" single
Odell Brown
Odell Brown Plays Otis Redding (Cadet, 1969)
Free Delivery (Cadet, 1970)
Odell Brown (Paula Records, 1974)
Christmas Greetings (Edge Records)
Go Tell It On The Mountain (Edge Records)
As sideman:
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With Dorothy Ashby
Dorothy's Harp (Cadet, 1969)
With Richard Evans
Dealing With Hard Times (Atlantic, 1972)
With Cleveland Eaton
Plenty Good Eaton (Black Jazz, 1975)
With Marvin Gaye
Marvin Gaye Live! (Tamla, 1976)
Live At The London Palladium (Tamla, 1977)
With Eddie Harris
That Is Why You're Overweight (Atlantic, 1975)
The Reason Why I'm Talking S--t (Atlantic, 1975)
With Sonny Stitt and Bunky Green
Soul in the Night (Cadet, 1966)

odell-label side 1a

''Let Me Come Home''

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Original post: 18/02/2008

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