I find that instrumental covers can sometimes be very hit and miss when it comes to doing the original song justice, but today’s mighty fine rendition of Marvin Gaye’s classic, Inner City Blues, is very much a hit!
When Marvin Gaye wrote this song in 1971 (listen on my page here), he gave a voice to all those suffering in the poorest reaches of inner cities, outlining the economic crisis of the times. To create a version without the expression of vocals, whilst still capturing the essence of what was being conveyed is something this Seattle, Washington trio have nailed! Led by a powerful, dynamic organ melody, the song is layered with deep bass riffs that ripple under the surface, creating an edginess to what is also a body of strong funk! It works a treat and through flowing instrumentation comes this zesty interpretation!
Describing their sound as “improvisation over organ grooves” and “soul music with a strong jazz influence,” the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio (a.k.a DLO3) have been devising tasty grooves since 2015. Creating this dynamic fusion of sounds using a Hammond B3 organ, tasty guitar lines & old school style pocket drumming, this lively trio successfully recreate an organic and authentic 60’s & 70’s vintage soul sound!
Inner City Blues serves up as the b-side to the Trio’s latest single, Fo Sho – a track which is to appear on their new, upcoming album. Out now on Colemine records, if you like what you hear, you can grab yourself a copy from here . You can also listen to much more from the band on their Bandcamp page here.