Price: $3.99-37.80


Overall Rank: 9 out of 10


When I was asked to run a local live music show feature for Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio live at Space in Evanston IL. I obliged! To my surprise I would become a bona fide fan of this poppin band trio.

I listened to the album for myself just to get a feel for the kind of show, live music lovers can expect if they decided to attend.

Once I listened to this recently released album entitled “Close But No Cigar” a phrase said when one is almost successful but ultimately fails, I felt compelled to share my thoughts in this Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio Album Review.

The Instrumental soul/jazz act kicked-off their 2018 U.S. tour dates in April in support of their recent album “Close But No Cigar” out now via Colemine Records, which just debuted at the #1 spot on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Albums Chart in March, while their more recent Record Store Day LP, Live at KEXP! just debuted at #10 on Billboard’s Jazz Chart in May.

Needless to say the album is getting airplay at radio stations all over the world!


(photo credit: Jean-Paul Builes)

After years of playing in bands that inevitably fell apart, as bands so often do, keyboard player Delvon Lamarr landed in a different kind of group: one founded by his wife and manager, Amy Novo.

She created the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio so her husband could fully focus on the things he does best: writing and playing music.

With a deep soul backbone augmented by jazz, rhythm & blues, funk and rock ’n’ roll, the Seattle trio — Lamarr on B-3 organ, Jimmy James on guitar and David McGraw on drums — reminds me of a classic soul instrumental sound with a fresh, accomplished feeling on the debut LP Close But No Cigar. The band put out the album independently in 2016, and Colemine Records gave it a wide release in March.

All three musicians knew each other from the local soul scene in Seattle. When Novo founded the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio in 2015, Lamarr asked McGraw if he was interested in joining the band.

After playing for a year with another guitarist in the group, Lamarr invited James to sit in as a substitute one night at the trio’s regular Tuesday gig, and he never left. That’s when the band truly found its unique sound.

The Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio spent those Tuesday night sets honing its sound, often creating songs onstage in the middle of gigs. Soon after James joined the band, the trio recorded Close But No Cigar.

The musicians have logged countless hours onstage together, resulting in a trio that’s tighter than ever. In addition to the tunes on Close But No Cigar, they have a surplus of new material they’re looking forward to taking on the road and, by the end of the year, recording for a second album

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My Review Of The Album “Close But No Cigar” 

I personally enjoyed this record. Their chemistry as a band is undeniable. It permeates through the grooves and improvised soul licks and tunes. What I love the most about it is the pocket is locked and keeps you on the edge of your seat for more.

The musicians unique abilities stimulates a rare instrumental soul sound that you can feel.

I was able to sense the freedom and fearlessness this band uses to create their sound.

What I enjoyed the most from the album is its funkdified sound visible in “Concussion” and “Ain’t it Funky Now”! James Brown the God Father of Soul had to have been one of there musical influences.

The tune “Al Greenery” is so dope because it is a dedicated track to the great soul artist Al Green. Inspired by “Love & Happiness” they improvised the sound to pay homage to the sounds of true soul music because of artist such as Al Green.

The trio covers “Walk on By” originally performed by Dionne Warwick in 1963. This album definitely will give you vintage soul jazz with a refreshing spinn on it!

The titled track “Close But No Cigar”, is more successful than it claims to be, given the meaning of the prhase. It didn’t fail in making sure you are grooving on repeat. I am truly impressed with this B-3 Organ, funky bassline, guitar strong and pocket driven trio.

After listening to the album on audio I knew without a doubt the live music experience would be well worth every dime spent!

Who is “Close But No Cigar” For?

Close But No Cigar is an album for the music lover who enjoys instrumental jazz soul music. This album is also for the person who don’t mind being open to hearing and enjoying a new classic sound of jazz and soul infused together.

The Best Price for Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio Music

Close but no cigar album reviewThe album comes in 4 different formats at Amazon! Amazon gives you a variety of price points to chose from, so you can make the best decision for your budge.  Amazon Music Unlimited: Free-$9:99 (price depends on Music streaming plan purchased), Mp3: $9.49, Audio CD: $13.98, & Vinyl: $37.80.

With other streaming services such as Microsoft Groove and Tidal, Music Unlimited abstains from a free version and charges the industry-standard $9.99 per month for its ad-free Individual plan.

This is the same price you’d pay for Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal or Google Play Music.

Note: That Amazon Prime subscribers receive a discount that drops the fee to $7.99 per month (or $79 per year)-on top of their $99 per year Prime fee. No, Amazon Music Unlimited is not included with Prime membership.

Amazon also offers a $14.99 per month (or $149 per year) Family Plan that covers six people.

This offering rivals Spotify and Tidal’s similar packages. And a 30-day free trial is available for people who want to try before they subscribe.

Maybe the best dispute for choosing it is if you think you’ll purchase Prime and/or an Echo at some point in the future. However, if you go with, just Spotify from the start, you’ll still be able to enjoy the Echo integration.

The audience that will benefit the most from this subscription is the music lover who also has any of Amazon’s voice-controlled speakers. Music Unlimited increased library size makes it considerably more interesting to use with an Amazon Echo Dot $49.99. Amazon’s smart speakers also delivers behind-the-scenes commentary.

Echo Dot owners can purchase Amazons Music Unlimited for as low as $3.99 for an Echo only plan!

In addition, you can use an Amazon EchoEcho DotEcho Show, or Tap to search for songs by lyrics, start up playlists, and search for songs that match your mood.

Amazon Echo Show $229.99  owners receive an additional benefit: lyrics. Spotify’s Alexa app, on the other hand, does not display lyrics.

 Learn more about Amazon Music Unlimited on Amazon Help…



  • It comes in multiple formats.
  • Prices are reasonable.
  • The sound quality is excellent
  • It is true to the sounds of instrumental Jazz & Soul Music
  • You can Buy it on Amazon and Itunes
  • The album will have you wanting more


  • They are from Seattle Wa and I can’t just go hear them at my local venue here in Chicago
  • I really couldnt find a con
  • Not for people who don’t enjoy instrumental only music


Live At Kexp album reviewThis recommendation is based almost entirely on my personal love and preference

for soul infused jazz music!

However, this band trio should not go unnoticed! Their music definitely belongs in your playlist.

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio’s Close But No Cigar via Colemine Records and the groups Record Store Day vinyl follow-up “Live At Kexp!” is out now on vinyl, CD, cassette, digital and streaming formats. Click here to order the albums on Amazon.

If you own one of Amazon’s smart speakers or would like too, you should definitely give Music Unlimited your undivided attention.




Price: $3.99-37.80


Overall Rank: 9 out of 10


So tell me what are your thoughts on DELVON LAMARR ORGAN TRIO ‘s “Close But No Cigar” Album? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section of this post! In the meantime, be sure to follow Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio on Facebook here.



3 Replies to “DELVON LAMARR ORGAN TRIO Album Review”

  1. Very good representation of this bands ability to entertain and perform live. They perform very well and their sound quality is excellent. They are very fortunate to you in their corner! Great work with this site.

  2. John Piazza says:

    Very good representation of this bands ability to entertain and perform live. They perform very well and their sound quality is excellent. They are very fortunate to you in their corner! Great work with this site.

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    1. Ladi Soul says:

      HI John! Thanks I will make my way to check yout out.. Thanks for the comment!

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