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Monday, November 23, 2020

VizzTone Label Group artist: Ben Levin - Carryout Or Delivery - New Release Review


I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Carryout Or Delivery from Ben Levin and it's solid R&B and blues. Opening with You Know, a cool Chicago style  shuffle, Levin on piano and lead vocal nails it. Backed by Aron Levin on guitar, Chris Douglass on bass, and Oscar Bernal on drums, this is a hot opener. I really like Too Good For Me with it's electric piano sound and Levin's New Orleans styling. Very nice. With the phrasing of a key Elmore James track, Have You Lost Your Mind? has solid vocal delivery and with a strongly reinforced rhythm, super organ soloing. Instrumental, NOLA Night really captures the New Orleans sound with super piano and tight rhythms by Bernal. My Back Scratcher is a cool R&B track with a real Booker T feel reinforced by Levin on organ and tight rhythm from Douglass and Bernal. Papercut is another New Orleans R&B blues track with traditional, one note piano rhythm, single snare drumming and cool electric guitar touch from Aron Levin. Bill Nettles' Hadacol Bounce has a great boogie feel with New Orleans turnarounds and traditional vocal styling. A cool old track with new life. Wrapping the release is Floyd Dixon's Time Brings About A Change with it's soulful melody and featuring some of Levin's best vocals on the release, tightly cradled by the warm guitar lines of Aron Levin. Excellent closer. 

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