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B-3 Blues and Grooves

by Ron Levy's Wild Kingdom

20th Anniversary re-release of Levy's 1st solo album on Bullseye Blues w/ Albert Collins, the Memphis Horns, 'Sax' Gordon, Gray Sargent and other stalwarts.
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1. Levtronic Blues Ron Levy's Wild Kingdom
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2. 6/8 Summertime Ron Levy's Wild Kingdom
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3. Chillin' Out Ron Levy's Wild Kingdom (Feat. Albert Collins)
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4. Gimme a Break Ron Levy's Wild Kingdom
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5. Prayin' the Blues Pt 1 Ron Levy's Wild Kingdom
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6. Meter Made Ron Levy's Wild Kingdom
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7. Defrostin' Ron Levy's Wild Kingdom (Feat. Albert Collins & Memphis Horns)
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8. Eema's Song Ron Levy's Wild Kingdom
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9. Funk Finger Ron Levy's Wild Kingdom
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10. Rooseveltin' Ron Levy's Wild Kingdom
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11. Prayin' the Blues Pt 2 Ron Levy's Wild Kingdom
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
RON LEVY’S WILD KINGDOM

‘B-3 BLUES AND GROOVES’

Levtronic Blues 4:21
6/8 Summertime 5:47
Chillin’ Out 5:27
Gimme A Break 4:47
Prayin’ the Blues [Pt 1] 4:26
Meter Made 3:42
Defrostin’ 3:19
Eema’s Song 7:04
Funk Finger 3:34
Rooseveltin’ 4:59
Prayin’ The Blues [Pt 2] 5:29

Produced by Ron Levy / Levtron Productions Ó1993

All songs written & arranged by Ron Levy / Levtronic Music BMI


Personnel:
‘Levtronic Blues’ & ‘Funk Finger’
Ron Levy - B-3, Chris “Stoval” Brown - guitar, “Sax” Gordon & “Cookie” Cook - saxes, “Buster” Wylie - bass, “Tuffy” Kimball - drums

‘6/8 Summertime’ Ron Levy - B-3, Gerry Beaudoin - guitar, Chuck Laire - drums

‘Chillin’ Out’ & ‘Defrostin’ - Ron Levy - B-3, Albert Collins - guitar, Tony Garnier - bass, Kenneth Blevins [on Chillin’ Out], “Crusher” Green - [on Defrostin’] - drums, Memphis Horns [on Defrostin’] Wayne Jackson - trumpet and trombone, Andrew Love - tenor sax
‘Gimme A Break’ & ‘Prayin’ the Blues’ Ron Levy - B-3, Gray Sargent - guitar, “Sax” Gordon - tenor sax, Kenneth Blevins - drums, Tommie McKenzie - bass

‘Meter Made’ & ‘Rooseveltin” - Ron Levy - B-3, piano & guitar, “Buster” Wylie - bass, Adrome MacHine - drums, Ronaldo Levito - percussion, “Sax” Gordon - tenor & baritone saxes, “Rosy” Rosenblatt - harmonica [on Rooseveltin’]

Dedicated to the memories of my piano teachers Saul Skersey, Otis Spann, Champion Jack Dupree & Lloyd Glenn, and Albert King, David Simons, Sonny Freeman & the Unusuals and all my departed family and friends who still live and love within my heart.

Reviews

“Ron Levy is one of the finest young masters of the Hammond B-3. Here are 11 soul-satisfying cuts that feature Levy's funky keyboard playing -- many written by Levy himself. Those who look for B-3 jams in the soul-jazz vein that are as funky as can be will not be disappointed. This is a great CD to own.”

by Michael Erlewine - All Music Guide [AMG]

“Levy imbues each and every note with real expression, conveying jubilation or deep thoughtfulness in decisive straightforward terms. In his hands [and feet], the B-3’s robust tones burrow pleasurably into our auditory canals then implode upon reaching the middle ear. The afterglow, know to all organ buffs, is indescribable.”

by Frank-John Hadley [author of ‘The Grove Press Guide to the Blues on CD, contributing writer, Downbeat and Jazziz}



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Mr. Levtron

20th Anniversary!
This was my first solo album for Rounder's Bullseye Blues imprint for which I was the main A&R guy & producer. Living Blues awarded me 'Producer of the Year' the following year. My artists & productions were nominated for 9 Grammys, won 4 WC Handys and many other awards during my tenure. I recorded these tracks over a span of a year or so during and in-between various sessions. This album garnered rave reviews from downbeat, Jazziz, Blues Revue, Living blues and many Blues society rags and newspapers etc.

I wrote the 2 Albert Collins tunes on the spur of the moment when Charles Brown failed to show up for a joint Charles & Albert session I had planned. He was dejected after not winning a Grammy the night before.

My old pal Gray Sargent on guitar contributed greatly on a few cuts. He was touring with Illinois Jacquet at the time. He's been Tony Bennett's guitarist for many years since. Also, this was 'Sax' Gordon's first appearance as a Wild Kingdomite, a relationship which continues to this day. He's featured on several cuts on my 2012 release 'Funky Fiesta'.

So after 20 years, this out of print album [due to being sold out and change of ownership of Rounder] is again now available to a whole new generation of fans & friends as well as some of my older fans who may have missed out on this release here on Cdbaby and my music store on my Facebook fan page. I urge you to sign up on the FB fan page through my Levtron [dot] com website. Thanks much and hope you enjoy these tunes, many more in the future and all those in-between.