O'DONEL LEVY

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O'Donel Levy was an American, Rhythm & Blues, Funk and Jazz guitarist.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, O’Donel studied at the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

He then relocated to New York City.

O’Donel toured with George Benson and Jimmy McGriff for a while, before signing to the Groove Merchant imprint.

In 1971, he released his debut album, ‘Black Velvet’.

In 1972 he released a live album recorded at the Cook County Jail in Chicago.

The same year ‘Breeding Of Mind’ was also released on Groove Merchant

O’Donel became part of the Jimmy McGriff quintet.

In 1973, he released Dawn Of A New Day’ along with the, Sonny Lester produced album, ‘Simba’, which featured the instrumental ‘Joni’.

The line-up for this album featured Warren Bernhardt, Cecil Bridgewater, Eddie Daniels, Jon Faddis, Steve Gadd, Tony Levin, Lew Soloff, and Bill Watrous.

The track ‘Bad, Bad Simba’ was covered by Paprika Soul in 2001.

‘Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky’
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O'DONEL LEVY Black Velvet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Black Velvet
Soul Jazz 1971
O'DONEL LEVY Breeding Of Mind album cover 3.05 | 2 ratings
Breeding Of Mind
Soul Jazz 1972
O'DONEL LEVY Dawn Of A New Day album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dawn Of A New Day
Soul Jazz 1973
O'DONEL LEVY Simba album cover 3.83 | 2 ratings
Simba
Soul Jazz 1973
O'DONEL LEVY Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky
RnB 1974
O'DONEL LEVY Windows album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Windows
RnB 1976
O'DONEL LEVY Time Has Changed album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Time Has Changed
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1977
O'DONEL LEVY Through A Song album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Through A Song
Soul Jazz 1982
O'DONEL LEVY In the Name of Love album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In the Name of Love
Pop/Art Song/Folk 2004

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Hands Of Fire
Soul Jazz 1974

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O'DONEL LEVY Simba

Album · 1973 · Soul Jazz
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For many, "Simba" is their holy grail. A stout synthesis of jazz, funk, and soul, "Simba" has few peers from the '70's scene. The leadoff track is an absolute monster, an classic nonpareil that can be put first on any souljazz or jazzfunk compilation.

Arranged and supervised by Manny Albam, Levy's guitar shines through the beautiful strings and funky vamps and punchy horns. The title track and "Playhouse" are really the only up tempo songs on the album, the funk smokers. The others pieces are moody, sometimes introspective, always lovely. The song names are perfect for the setting--"Kilimanjaro Cookout" "Sierra Lonely" and "Nigerian Knights" are a few examples, and "Sad, Sad Simba" makes a nice counter to "Bad Bad Simba".

The top of the heap and Levy's finest 37 minutes.

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