CD Black Velvet [O'Donel Levy] (CD 7016158),
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Black Velvet [O'Donel Levy]

  • 1. Watch What Happens
    2. Granny
    3. I'll Close My Eyes
    4. Nature's Child
    5. Theme from Love Story
    6. Didn't I (Blow Your Mind)
    7. I'll Be There
    8. Misty
    9. Call Me
    10. You've Made Me So Very Happy
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 501

  • Credits

    Personnel: O'Donel Levy (guitar).
    As its title portends, Black Velvet boasts a smooth, rich texture absent from O'Donel Levy's subsequent Groove Merchant sessions -- its mellow, stoned-soul sensibilities nevertheless complement the guitarist perfectly, affording him the space to weave a series of righteously beautiful solos. Like so many Groove Merchant efforts, the album relies far too much on the pop charts for material -- pap like "You've Made Me So Very Happy," "I'll Be There," and "Theme from Love Story" turns up like bad pennies -- but the arrangements are lovely, spotlighting contributions from organist Charles Covington, reedist Fats Theus, and trumpeter Billy Skinner. Levy also proves himself a composer of some distinction, contributing a pair of charming originals, "Granny" and "Nature's Child." ~ Jason Ankeny

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