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miércoles, 22 de marzo de 2017

Odell Brown • Plays Otis Redding

Review by Jason Ankeny
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.

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)

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