Monday, June 21, 2010

Odell Brown & the Organ-izers

All of Odell Brown's LPs for Cadet & Paula labels are out of print.  They're all good. The three Odell Brown & the Organ-izers albums are treasures. Featuring two saxes, frequent addition of congas, & with a broad range of covers & originals, the group occupied a funky ground between Booker & the MG's & B3 Hammond jazz. The saxes even wandered into John Coltraneish territory on some numbers.  They were an outstanding band, but they were not so easily categorized, &  were disagreements within the group regarding direction & commitment broke it up.   Odell went on to become Marvin Gaye's music director, then dropped out sight for a long time after Marvin's murder.  It came out that he had long suffered from periods of depression.  Ducky is from 1967.

Ain't No Mountain High

Tough Tip

Get Off My Back




Organ - Odell Brown
Drums - Curtis Prince
Saxophone - Artee "Duke" Payne, Tommy Purvis
Bass - Phil Upchurch
Congas - Henry Gibson
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