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Jazz - Released April 15, 2016 | Basin Street

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Funk - Released June 11, 2013 | Basin Street

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Jazz - Released May 4, 1999 | New Rounder

Davell Crawford wore a variety of hats in the 1990s. While The B-3 and Me presented him as a soul-jazz organist in the Jimmy Smith/Jack McDuff vein, he was a New Orleans-type R&B/gospel pianist and vocalist on Let Them Talk. But on his equally decent third album, Love Like Yours and Mine, Crawford's primary role is that of a jazz singer/pianist with strong gospel and R&B sensibilities. Crawford's singing on Let Them Talk inspired comparisons to Fats Domino and Professor Longhair -- here, he comes across as an interesting mixture of Carmen McRae and Stevie Wonder. That might be hard to imagine, but on standards like "Everything Must Change," "Who Can I Turn To" and "Fly Me to the Moon," that combination of influences seems quite logical. One of the high points of the CD, however, is an instrumental version of Major Harris' "Love Won't Let Me Wait." While Harris and Luther Vandross approached the song as a Northern soul ballad, Crawford approaches it as a trio pianist and gives it a Gene Harris meets Ray Bryant type of ambiance. And he successfully changes the Beatles' "Let It Be" from pop-rock to gospel-drenched R&B. With Love Like Yours and Mine, Crawford's versatility continued to serve him well. © Alex Henderson /TiVo
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Jazz - Released July 5, 1995 | Rounder

Although hard bop/soul-jazz was the main focus of Davell Crawford's sophomore effort, The B-3 and Me, it would be a mistake to think that he plays jazz exclusively. In fact, gospel and classic New Orleans R&B were the main focus of his enjoyable debut album, Let Them Talk, which was recorded when Crawford was only 19. While Crawford was heard mainly as a Jimmy Smith-type jazz organist on The B-3 and Me, his piano and vocals are much more prominent on this likable CD. As an acoustic pianist, Crawford draws heavily on Professor Longhair and James Booker, and his passionate, full-bodied R&B singing on "You Game Me Love," "Something You Got" and "Still In Love" are influenced by the great recordings that Fats Domino and Longhair made in the 1950s. Considering that most of Crawford's peers in the Black community were mainly into rap and urban contemporary in the mid-1990s, it's hard not to be impressed by his command of older African-American styles. © Alex Henderson /TiVo
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Jazz - Released February 25, 2008 | Mardi Gras Records

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1998 | New Rounder

Despite the renewed interest in organ combos that came about in the late 1980s and was still happening in the late 1990s, very few young hard boppers were actually taking up the organ. Apart from Joey DeFrancesco and a few others, the ones benefiting the most from this focus on the Hammond B-3 were older greats like Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff, Charles Earland and Jimmy McGriff. Also known for his piano playing, Young Lion Davell Crawford was only 21 when he played the organ exclusively on The B-3 and Me. This soul-jazz/hard bop CD showed the New Orleans native to have a Smith-based approach to the instrument, and there isn't much to set B-3 apart from the many similar organ-combo recordings that had come out 30 and 35 years earlier. But while Crawford (whose competent backing includes tenor saxman Clarence Johnson III and drummer Shannon Powell) won't win many awards for innovation, he's likable and consistently swinging. Pianist Henry Butler (also a Crescent City native) has a nice spot on "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," and singer Germaine Bazzle shows how exhilarating a combination jazz and R&B can be when she tears into "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone." From blues-drenched originals like "Uptown" and "The Cat" to interpretations of "Stormy Weather" and "I Can't Stop Loving You" (originally a country song), this is a decent, if conventional, release. © Alex Henderson /TiVo
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Gospel - Released August 6, 2021 | Steinway and Sons

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R&B - Released April 26, 2019 | Basin Street

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Jazz - Released June 11, 2013 | Basin Street

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Christmas Music - Released December 15, 2017 | Basin Street

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Gospel - Released June 11, 2013 | Basin Street