The Seattle-based trio’s music is best described as “feel good music.” DLO3 conjures the smoky 1960s jazz stylings of Jimmy Smith and Baby Face Willette, and the snappy soul strut of Booker T. & The M.G.’s, The Meters, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and Charles Earland. Within DLO3’s distinct jazz stew, are also dashes of Motown, Stax Records, blues, and cosmic Jimi Hendrix-style guitar. It’s an aesthetic that only these three could muster, as these are the sounds and vibes imprinted in the trio’s DNA.
The band features Delvon Lamarr, a self-taught virtuosic musician with perfect pitch who taught himself jazz and has effortlessly been able to play a multitude of instruments. On guitar is the dynamo Jimmy James who eases through Steve Cropper-style chanking guitar, volcanic acid-rock freak-out lead playing, and slinky Grant Green-style jazz. From Reno, Nevada is drummer Dan Weiss (also of the powerhouse soul and funk collective The Sextones). Dan’s smoldering pocket-groove drumming locks in the trio’s explosive chemistry.
Live, the band is telepathically musical, easing through improvisational ideas, grooves, and extended jams with silken swagger. The exhilarating live experience also showcases the band’s deep personal connection with witty between-song repartee, vignette song stories, and unpredictably dynamic flights of in-the-moment musicality. This live connection carries over into the studio and into the band’s compositional approach. Much of the band’s recorded repertoire is written on the spot, during soundchecks, on the bandstand, and in the studio. The trio’s trusted connection makes for a wellspring of soulful ideas ever present.