Simba

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All Music Guide - Sean Westergaard
Simba is one hot album of funky soul-jazz. O'Donel Levy had played with Richard "Groove" Holmes and Jimmy McGriff on other albums for producer Sonny Lester's Groove Merchant label, and even had one released under his own name Black Velvet, but this was something different. Black Velvet had a couple Levy originals, but relied heavily on cover tunes. For Simba, Lester brought in Manny Albam to supply both the tunes and the arrangements, and it makes all the difference in the world. The songs are catchy and funky, and play to Levy's strengths as a player. The arrangements are fantastic, played by a who's who list of '70s session men including a young David Sanborn and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Sean Westergaard
Simba is one hot album of funky soul-jazz. O'Donel Levy had played with Richard "Groove" Holmes and Jimmy McGriff on other albums for producer Sonny Lester's Groove Merchant label, and even had one released under his own name Black Velvet, but this was something different. Black Velvet had a couple Levy originals, but relied heavily on cover tunes. For Simba, Lester brought in Manny Albam to supply both the tunes and the arrangements, and it makes all the difference in the world. The songs are catchy and funky, and play to Levy's strengths as a player. The arrangements are fantastic, played by a who's who list of '70s session men including a young David Sanborn and Tony Levin, who throws down throughout. It's a shame that the Albam/Levy partnership didn't last longer, because later in the same year Levy had a follow-up Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky without Albam, and it was back to another album of unremarkable covers. Simba is the O'Donel Levy album to own.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/20/2007
  • Label: Groove Merchant
  • UPC: 057362052628
  • Catalog Number: 526
  • Sales rank: 230,748

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bad, Bad Simba (7:15)
  2. 2 Kilimanjaro Cookout (4:56)
  3. 3 Playhouse (4:41)
  4. 4 Sierra Lonely (5:37)
  5. 5 Sad, Sad, Simba (6:08)
  6. 6 Joni (5:12)
  7. 7 Nigerian Knights (5:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
O'Donel Levy Primary Artist, Guitar
Warren Bernhardt Keyboards, Electric Piano
Jon Faddis Trumpet
Lew Soloff Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Cecil Bridgewater Flugelhorn, Horn, Soloist
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Bill Watrous Trombone
Burt Collins Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Eddie Daniels Flute, Piccolo, Baritone Saxophone, Wind
Steve Gadd Drums
Tony Levin Bass
James Madison Percussion
Alan Rubens Flugelhorn
Jimmy Madison Percussion
Technical Credits
Manny Albam Arranger, Composer
Malcolm Addey Engineer
Sam Alexander Art Direction, Cover Photo
Sonny Lester Producer
O'Donel Levy Composer
Sam Feldman Mastering
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