O’Donel Levy – Breeding Of Mind

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Breeding of Mind is an album by American jazz guitarist O’Donel Levy recorded in 1972 and released on the Groove Merchant label.

The Allmusic review by Jason Ankeny awarded the album 4½ stars and stated: “Breeding of Mind pairs guitarist O’Donel Levy with arranger Manny Albam for a genre-defying set that embraces elements of jazz, funk and baroque pop – the end result is soulful and sublime, couching Levy’s uncommonly expressive tone in a series of bold, lush contexts that underline the sophistication of his craft. ”

Track listing:
All compositions by O’Donel Levy except where noted

“We’ve Only Just Begun” (Roger Nichols, Paul Williams) – 3:57
“It’s Too Late” (Carole King, Toni Stern) – 3:35
“Breeding of Mind” – 3:14
“Cherries” – 4:04
“On Broadway” (Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) – 3:37
“Ideal” – 4:01
“Never Can Say Goodbye” (Clifton Davis) – 5:18
“Let’s Stay Together” (Al Green, Willie Mitchell, Al Jackson Jr.) – 3:09
“The Chocolate Horse” – 3:17
“Angel Eyes” (Matt Dennis, Earl Brent) – 4:29

O’Donel Levy – guitar
Charles Covington – organ
Eric Ward – bass
Chester Thompson – drums
Manny Albam – arranger, conductor (tracks 1-4)
Burt Collins, Joe Shepley – flugelhorn (tracks 1-4)
David Nadien, Selwart Clarke, Gene Orloff, Paul Gershman, Joe Malin, Alfred Brown, Emanuel Green – violin (tracks 1-4)
Kermit Moore, George Ricci, Charles McCracken – cello (tracks 1-4)


Released: 1972
Recorded: 1972
Studio: New York City
Length: 38:41
Label: Groove Merchant
GM 507
Producer: Sonny Lester