Friday, February 5, 2010


There's hardly anything "soft" about Lavell Kamma's little-known Afro Soul Review, judging from this rare 45 on the Tupelo Sound Label out of Mississippi. From what we know, Kamma was an R&B/jazz alto sax player and produder who built up a strong funk following in Florida, of all places.

The song features an insistent, funky mid-tempo groove, a punchy horn section, and plenty of "Good God!" shouts from Lavell Kamma himself. Needless to say, the Afro Soul Review seemed to be absorbing a lot of fellow southerner James Brown's deep funk sound.

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