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Album Review

Despite the renewed interest in organ combos that came about in the late 1980s and was still happening in the late 1990s, very few young hard boppers were actually taking up the organ. Apart from Joey DeFrancesco and a few others, the ones benefiting the most from this focus on the Hammond B-3 were older greats like Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff, Charles Earland and Jimmy McGriff. Also known for his piano playing, Young Lion Davell Crawford was only 21 when he played the organ exclusively on The B-3 and Me. This soul-jazz/hard bop CD showed the New Orleans native to have a Smith-based approach to the instrument, and there isn't much to set B-3 apart from the many similar organ-combo recordings that had come out 30 and 35 years earlier. But while Crawford (whose competent backing includes tenor saxman Clarence Johnson III and drummer Shannon Powell) won't win many awards for innovation, he's likable and consistently swinging. Pianist Henry Butler (also a Crescent City native) has a nice spot on "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," and singer Germaine Bazzle shows how exhilarating a combination jazz and R&B can be when she tears into "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone." From blues-drenched originals like "Uptown" and "The Cat" to interpretations of "Stormy Weather" and "I Can't Stop Loving You" (originally a country song), this is a decent, if conventional, release.

Customer Reviews

Davell rocks!!

I met this cat in N.O in 1999; and I've been listening to him ever since. HIs piano and boogie woogie are tops; but this album is strong and like the i-tunes reviewer says- it's solid; and the B-3 is sorely missing from contemporary artists. I hope my man Davell is doing good and I get to see him @ another 'fess real soon.

Biography

Born: September 3, 1975 in New Orleans, LA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s

Singer and pianist Davell Crawford continues the New Orleans piano tradition begun by musicians like Professor Longhair and James Booker. Crawford is the grandson of 1950s R&B star James "Sugar Boy" Crawford. His debut record, Let Them Talk (1995, Rounder Records), amply demonstrates his gospel, R&B and jazz influences. His gift for ballad singing is on display in full force, and he's...
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B-3 and Me, Davell Crawford
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  • $9.90
  • Genres: Blues, Music, Jazz
  • Released: Jan 13, 1998

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