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Album Review

Having reviewed some of Hammond organist Joey DeFrancesco's early albums on Columbia, then caught up with him again when he teamed up with the high-flying guitar acrobat Danny Gatton on Relentless, and then lost track of him, the word that comes to mind upon hearing this effort for Concord is "adult." DeFrancesco's earlier work was that of a young and precocious kid with a burning love of his instrument and something to prove. Fifteen years into what has become a celebrated career, he's settled in and is demonstrating the kind of taste and maturity that separates the flashy young hotshots from the serious musicians, the ones who will leave a legacy. On Organic Vibes, DeFrancesco goes beyond the traditional organ trio format that he has generally preferred up until now and is joined by a group that includes vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson and tenor sax player George Coleman, and his desire to give them the space they need leads him to move away somewhat from center stage; as a result, his solos are tighter, more focused, and less frenetic than they have sometimes been. There's also more of a focus on slower numbers than has often been the case on past DeFrancesco projects, an approach that bears sweet fruit on the group's tender rendition of "I Thought About You" and on the sauntering and funky "Down the Hatch." DeFrancesco's own "Colleen" is lovely bossa nova that ends the album on an almost contemplative note. Very highly recommended.

Customer Reviews

Organic Vibes

This album shows that Joey's commitment to his growth in this genre has definitely driven him to a newe plateau. He uses time, space and in this project with Miles-like precision. Soundz like it would have been a club date to remember. Good thing it's in a medium that can be played and shared over and over again. "JeNeane's Dream" is just that. Complex, yet simple. Great musicianship all around and some of the best Hutcherson I've heard since "Now!".

Joey Keeps it Fresh

This is another knock-out for Mr. Defrancesco. The only thing that could out this album would be able to hear it live! I've had the priviledge of meeting him and hearing him in performances twice. His live performances have left some in the audience (including me), speechless and amazed. What makes this album unique is Joey's ability to lay back, not overplay, and give his sidemen (Bobby Hutcherson, et al.) breathing room to solo and build on each other, creating a very unique synergy of modern and standard jazz. Joey's pedal and bass work is absolutely stunning. To coin another album: INCREDIBLE!!!!!!


Born: April 10, 1971 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The music of Joey DeFrancesco -- an important force in the revival of the Hammond B-3 organ as a jazz instrument, as well as a trumpeter and vocalist -- runs the gamut from soul-jazz and bluesy grooves à la Jimmy Smith to hard bop to the more advanced modal style of Coltrane disciple Larry Young. Born in Springfield, Pennsylvania (near Philadelphia) on April 10, 1971, DeFrancesco was the son of another Philly-area jazz organist, Papa John DeFrancesco, and the grandson of multi-instrumentalist Joe...
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Organic Vibes, Joey DeFrancesco
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  • $8.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Rock, Pop
  • Released: Mar 21, 2006

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