Monday, 24 August 2009

Odell Brown & The Organ-izers “Raising The Roof”

Odell Brown & The Organ-izers

“Raising The Roof”
( LP Cadet Records, 1966 )
Catalog # LP-775

A1 – The Honeydipper (4:21)
A2 – Raising The Roof (3:12)
A3 – A Cool Senorita (5:35)
A4 – Strike Up The Band (2:58)
B1 – Day Tripper (4:21)
B2 – Maiden Voyage (6:46)
B3 – The Thing (3:40)
B4 – Enchilada Joe (3:22)

Personnel & Credits:
Artwork By [Design] – Tom Gorman
Drums – Curtis Prince
Organ – Odell Brown
Other [Liner Notes] – Joe Segal
Photography [Cover Photo] – Don S. Bronstein
Producer – Esmond Edwards
Saxophone [Tenor & Alto] – Artee (Duke) Payne
Saxophone [Tenor] – Thomas Purvis

Recorded at Ter Mar Studios, Chicago July 1966

Adding a new wrinkle to the standard organ combo, Odell Brown & the Organ-izers employed two saxophonists with no guitarist on the scene of Raising the Roof. While this sets the Chicago quartet apart from many of their 1966 contemporaries, it also pushes Brown’s Hammond organ too far into the background. The band smokes on their originals, especially Brown’s “Raising the Roof,” which utilizes saxophonists Artee Duke Payne and Thomas Purvis to their best degree, with each stretching out the notes in the song’s intro before playing off one another while Brown and drummer Curtis Prince keep the groove tight. Payne’s “Enchilada Joe” also stands out with its Latin rhythm, playful banter, and staccato melody lines. The promise of the originals pales during standards like “The Honeydripper” and “Strike up the Band,” but there are worse ways to spend a half-hour.
By Kurt Edwards (AMG)

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