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Albums Of The Week: Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio | Cold As Weiss

Armed with a new drummer, the Seattle soul-jazz outfit play it cool on their third LP.


THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Cold As Weiss, the new album from Seattle soul-jazz groove-machine Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, is named for the band’s new drummer Dan Weiss, also of powerhouse soul-funk collective The Sextones. A natural fit for the trio’s groove-oriented rhythms, Dan’s smoldering drumming locks in explosive chemistry of the lineup, which is completed by organist Delvon Lamarr and guitarist Jimmy James.

DLO3 specialize in the lost art of “feel-good music.” The ingredients of this intoxicating cocktail include a big helping of the 1960s organ jazz stylings of Jimmy Smith and Baby Face Willette; a pinch of the snappy soul strut of Booker T. & The M.G.’s, The Meters; and sprinkles of Motown, Stax Records, blues, and cosmic Jimi Hendrix-style guitar. It’s a soul-jazz concoction that goes straight to your heart and head, making your body break out in a sweat.

Lamarr is a natural virtuoso with perfect pitch who taught himself jazz and has effortlessly been able to play a multitude of instruments. On guitar is the dynamo James, who eases through Steve Cropper-style chanking guitar, volcanic acid-rock freak-out leads, and slinky Grant Green-style jazz. From Reno, drummer Weiss keeps his beats deep in the pocket.

The trio started from humble beginnings in 2015, but since then have released two Billboard-charting albums and toured the world to sold-out venues. Now, with Weiss behind to kit, DLO3 are proud to present Cold As Weiss. Their third studio album finds them tighter than ever, and continuing to push funky instrumental music to a new generation of fans.

First single Pull Your Pants Up comes with an interesting backstory. Emphasis on back. “On every DLO3 tour, at some point, we have to tell Jimmy James to pull his pants up,” explains Lamarr. “After being blinded by his backside over and over and over again, we decided to write a song about it!”