Odello Super Groove
Tucked away on the tiny Island of Antigua (West Indies) guitarist/vocalist Dell Richardson plays nightly to a handful of local fans and red-faced vacationers. The acclaimed multi-instrumentalist first found fame in the African-rhythm rock band Osibisa. His involvement in with the group from 1969-1973 helped catapult Osibisa to the upper reaches of the UK album charts. Sales of Osibisa (71), Woyaya (71), and Heads (72) reflected a slow but steady migration of audiences moving towards acceptance of their unusual blend of jazz and rock amid African beats. Dell briefly left Osibisa in 1973 to tour with UK favorites Free in a trek across the US. He recorded a solo record Pieces Of A Jigsaw for MCA and then returned to Osibisa in 1975.
Teddy Osei, Osibisa founder recently invited Richardson to tour with the group once again. It was a reunion nearly twenty years in the making. The exposure has only benefited Richardson who has continued to write, produce and play his own music. Im not one who enjoys wearing so many hats, says Richardson about his one-man-band effort, but in order for my survival in Antigua I have to do the things I do.
Odello Super Groove, Richardsons current release has been roughly four years in the making. Hurricanes common to the island have plagued Richardsons recording sessions over the past several years. Converting the strain into a musical mission, Super Groove explodes with island rhythms and sultry vocals. Original compositions Super Groove, So Glad and Love Is have a distinct Barry White feel. Accompanying Richardsons eight self-penned tunes are covers by Bob Marley (Bald Head), Gershwin~Porgy and Bess (Summer Time), Jimi Hendrix (Hey Joe) and George Benson (Le Mere). Richardsons musical progression continues to fuse a number of musical elements. His songs are an open, honest, musical journey from the heart.